Peace talks must be led by Afghans: Senate
On the sidelines of the second Bonn conference, the US, Germany and Qatar agreed to set up a Taliban office in Qatar, a move supported by the Afghan government and welcomed by the fighters.
Addressing a general session of the Meshrano Jirga, Hidayatullah Rahai from central Bamyan province complained the government had been sidelined in the process.
The talks would be successful, only if headed by Afghans, he believed, saying: “This is our country. We must lead the negotiations, as Afghans know each other well.”
Senator Sifatullah Haqmal from central Logar province warned: “Decisions by outsiders cannot bring peace to Afghanistan.”
In order to build on the gains made over the past few years, Afghans must lead the talks, said Senator Anarkali Hunaryar, representing Sikh and Hindu minorities. “We hope the rights of women and minorities will be given priority in the process.”
Senate Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar told the house talks should be held with those who accepted the Afghan Constitution and other laws. Anyone respecting the Constitution could also contest elections, he concluded.
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