HIA suspends talks with Afghan govt, US
KABUL (PAN): The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), the second largest militant group after the Taliban, on Tuesday said it was suspending peace talks with the Afghan government and the US because they lacked practical policy.
A statement from the group, led by former prime minister and jihadi commander Gulbadin Hekmayar, confirmed that it had been in contact with some US and European officials on peace parleys.
The statement from the HIA political office in Europe quoted the group spokesman, Qaribur Rahman Saeed, as saying their first contact with the Kabul government was made in 2010 and the last on Dec 29, 2011.
Saeed quoted Hekmatya as saying: ”Our delegation visited Kabul and met Afghan officials on a request from the US. But the two sides did not reach any agreement because both Americans and Kabul administration officials have no practical policy.
"Since they have not yet taken a clear decision on our recommendations, therefore, the HIA wants not to waste time listening to their inflexible conditions," Saueed quoted Hekmatyar as saying. He added they supported an Afghan-led peace process because it was the only way to resolve the conflict.
"The High Peace Council often contacts us, but it is unclear what it really wants from us. The council has been unable to do something good, except receiving money through its false propaganda," Saeed remarked. He dismissed as baseless the council claims that the HIA wanted to join the body.
Saeed said they had established contact with some circles in the US and Europe in order to reach an understanding, but the Americans wanted to analyse the situation and get advantage of the contacts at an appropriate time.
He added HIA’s political workers were in touch with foreign ministries of NATO countries on their conditions for the peace effort. The HIA spokesman they had a series of meetings with German, British, French and other officials.
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