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Analysts see no hope for early ceasefire

Analysts see no hope for early ceasefire

Jan 06, 2012 - 16:32

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Political analysts on Friday said there was no hope for an early ceasefire in the country as the peace talks were in their initial stages.

The Talibaninfo-icon have said they were negotiating a peace deal with the US and have confirmed agreement to opening a political office in Qatar.

The Afghan government has also agreed to the Taliban office in Doha, with President Hamid Karzai believing the peace talks would help end the bloodshed.

However, political analysts say there was no hope for an immediate end to the conflict and the talks were only in their initial stages.

Political commentator Waheed Mujdha said no party to the conflict has so far offered a ceasefire.

He said it was not clear whether foreign troops would completely leave Afghanistaninfo-icon until 2014 as precondition of the Taliban for peace talks. He said if a truce was announced by any side, it would mean the talks had succeeded.

Mujdha believed the US had launched efforts to convince the Taliban into finding a negotiated end to the war in order to pavwww.pajhwok.comtroops' withdrawal.

Another political analyst, Mohammad Hassan Haqyar, also said there was no early possibility of a break in fighting until the talks were declared a success.

He said the conflict in Afghanistan was very grave and initial contacts between the Taliban and the US would not help resolve it in a short span of time.

He said the US-Taliban discussions were meant at creating an atmosphere of trust between the two sides.

However, another political expert, Ustad Nasrullah Stanikzai, said a ceasefire was the first step toward securing peace. He said the ceasefire should be announced ahead of holding peace talks.



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