Pugwash to arrange conference on Afghanistan in Doha
The Pugwash-sponsored conference is expected to take place in a couple of weeks. The Canadian research organisation has arranged several gatherings on Afghanistan’s future.
An invitee, who did not want to be named, confided to Pajhwok Afghan News that representatives of different political entities and individuals would take part in the two-day discussions.
The invitees have already submitted their passports for visas to the event organisers. The participants will float their ideas and recommendations for lasting peace in Afghanistan.
The Taliban, who have also been invited to the conference, are yet to say anything in this regard. The movement has attended such meetings in the past.
Pugwash arranged a meeting on security in Afghanistan in Doha on May 2-3, 2015. The meeting involved more than 40 participants, all of whom represented only him/herself and not any institution or group.
Representatives from the High Peace Council, Taliban, Hezb-i-Islami, civil society organisations, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and women’s rights activists had attended last year’s meeting.
The idea of bringing to Afghanistan and ending the conflict was wholeheartedly supported by all participants, who lamented civilian casualties. The role of foreign forces in Afghanistan was evaluated in different ways.
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