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Trust-building key to success of peace talks: MPs

Trust-building key to success of peace talks: MPs

Jul 22, 2015 - 17:24

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Lower house members on Wednesday stressed efforts for overcoming the trust deficit between the government and the Talibaninfo-icon and predicted the inclusion of a woman in the government delegation at future talks.

The Taliban have reportedly demanded Pakistaninfo-icon and China act as guarantors for the peace talks and both countries have endorsed their demand. The first direct talks between Taliban and Afghan government representatives were held in Murree -- a tourist resort near Islamabad.

A four-member Afghan government delegation and a three-member Taliban team took part in the talks, the first confirmed contact between the two parties.

Pakistan hosted the negotiations while Chinese and US representatives took part as observers. Members of the Haqqani Networkinfo-icon were also present at the face-to-face talks.

Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Qazi Khalilullah had said Islamabad was committed to honouring all pledges made with the Afghan leadership.

Maulviinfo-icon Shahzada Shahid, a member of the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon and the High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC), told Pajhwok Afghan News the next round of talks with the Taliban would be held in China at the end of July.

He said Pakistan wanted the second round to be held there, but it was a Chinese request that the next round should be held in China.

He welcomed Pakistan and China for accepting the Taliban’s demand to act as guarantors and said the step would help narrow the trust deficit between the two sides.

He informed the number of the Afghan government peace negotiators might be increased with the addition of a woman.

Abdul Hafiz Mansour, another lawmaker, also stressed better environmentinfo-icon and trust building to make the parlays a success talks. He also welcomed Pakistan and Chinese acceptance of Taliban’s demand.

But lawmaker Mohammad Raza Khoshak Watandost said the acceptance of the Taliban demand by China and Pakistan might create distrust among government institutions and politicians.


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