UNAMA welcomes quadrilateral group’s positive start
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Tuesday welcomed the positive start the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) made in its work on the Afghan peace and reconciliation process.
In a statement, UNAMA noted the recognition by all QCG participants at Monday’s meeting in Islamabad “of the immediate need for direct talks between representatives of the Government of Afghanistan and representatives from Taliban groups.”
The QCG composed of officials from Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States was set up last year to facilitate the reconciliation process in the war-torn country.
The talks in Islamabad came as Taliban waged an unprecedented winter campaign of violence. The group in their joint statement after the meeting said they considered mutual efforts to facilitate “an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process” with a view to achieving lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.
“This renewed commitment to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process is of real importance,” said Nicholas Haysom, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA.
“We hope all parties will use this opportunity to engage in this process to bring an end to the terrible conflict in Afghanistan.”
The statement said UNAMA supported all efforts to establish a peace process and will continue to offer its good offices in any facilitative role, while respecting that any peace process must be Afghan-owned and led.
The group would hold discussion on a roadmap at its next meeting to be held on 18 January 2016 in Kabul.
The delegations were led by Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Richard G. Olson and China’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan Ambassador Deng Xijun.
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