Youth body calls for negotiated solution to Afghan conflict
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Youth Civil Society Coordination Centre (AYCSCC) on Saturday urged the warring parties to take maximum advantage of peace opportunities and protect youngsters from miseries.
On different forum across the globe, Afghan political entities and representatives of parties to the conflict held negotiations in recent years. But the process was disrupted by the disclosure of Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar’s death last year.
However, hopes for the resumption of peace negotiationshave been rekindled by the quadrilateral meeting among China, the US, Pakistan and Afghanistan on the sidelines of Heart of Asia Conference in Islamabad.
Abdul Wadood Afghan, head of AYCSCC, told reporters peace in Afghanistan could not be restored through the use of brute force; instead the conflict could be resolved through talks and political means.
He said direct victims of the ongoing war were youth who wanted the government and other parties to make use of the opportunities to bring lasting stability and prosperity to the country.
Afghan alleged the Afghan government did not have strong determination or a positive approach to peace talks. There was need for a mediator to achieve a breakthrough because the government could not talk and fight at the same time.
Syed Ahmad Ahmadi, a civil society representative in Kabul, said four decades of war had ruined the country’s economy, political institutions and culture. He demanded peace be established unconditionally.
A joint statement from civil society organisations was read out on the occasion, asking the government to established peace in the country, but national sovereignty and territorial integrity must not be compromised.
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