Bonn conference to discuss key Afghan issues: official
KABUL (PAN): Participants of the second Bonn conference, scheduled to take place in Germany in December this year, would discuss regional cooperation, the security transition process, long-term foreign assistances and the peace process in Afghanistan, an official said on Sunday.
"Progress so far made with regard to the peace talks with the rebels and the role of regional countries and international organizations in this regard will be discussed at the Bonn Conference," the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Janan Musazai, told a press conference in Kabul.
The first Bonn Conference was held soon after the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. The conference approved the establishment of an interim set up in Afghanistan and the conduct of presidential and parliamentary elections.
"Regional cooperation means reaching a conclusion how to bring about peace and stability not only in Afghanistan, but in the entire region," Musazai explained.
Officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs say if any breakthrough in the peace parleys with the Taliban was achieved, the insurgents could also join the second Bonn Conference like other Afghans with the approval of the Afghan government.
It is said peace talks with the Talban are underway to bring them into the national mainstream, but the rebels deny any talks, except for the release of militants in Afghan jails.
The Taliban insist foreign troops should leave the country before they enter a dialogue process with the Afghan government.
The rebels also see the Bonn Conference a mere show off on the part of the international community to divert the word's attention from the real problems in Afghanistan.
"In addition to discussing the peace talks, participants of the Bonn Conference will confer on long term relations between Afghanistan and the international community from 2014 to 2024," Musazai said.
The handover of the security responsibility from international troops to the Afghan lead is said to be complete by the end of 2014.
Musazai said a comprehensive agenda for the Bonn Conference was being prepared.
The official also said Afghanistan had recently opened its embassies in Iraq and Brazil.
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