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Trust-deficit behind unproductive peace talks: HPC

Trust-deficit behind unproductive peace talks: HPC

Oct 28, 2015 - 21:02

KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Wednesday said the unproductive peace efforts were a result of the trust-deficit between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Abdul Hakim Mujahid, the council’s acting chief, told a gathering “National Conference on Future of Peace Talks” in Kabul the main obstacle in making the peace process a success was the mistrust between the two sides.

“The Afghan government, Taliban, Pakistan and the international community should develop trust to make a breakthrough possible,” he said.

Mujahid urged the warring parties to show sincerity and willingness to peace talks, saying the current conditions were suitable for peace talks, asking the international community to help Afghanistan revive the vital process.

The HPC chief said the Taliban and the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan were ready to hold talks and it was the government’s responsibility to make the negotiations possible.

Farkhanda Zahra Nadari, a former lawmaker, also asked the government to pay proper attention to peace efforts.

“It is up to the politicians whether they want peace or conflict. Some would surly never work for peace because their interest is in the conflict”, she believed.

She said reviewing the composition of the HPC was needed and that the government should ensure people’s participation in the process.



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