Pugwash Conference kicks off Saturday in Doha
KABUL (Pajhwok): The two-day unofficial meeting between the representatives of Afghan government and Taliban was scheduled to be conducted on Saturday to discuss the Afghanistan conflict in Doha, the capital Qatar.
Pugwash Conferences, a Nobel Prize-winning science group promoting solutions to armed conflicts, is hosting the meeting.
A member of the organisation, who wished anonymity, told Pajhwok Afghan News that some of Afghan politicians, Afghan civil society members, lawmakers and representatives of Taliban, as well as foreign observers have been invited to attend in the conference.
According to the source, a former interior minister, Omar Daudzai, was among the 30 Afghans invited from Afghanistan, Europe and other countries of the world.
Although Afghan foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani reacted that they don’t accept such conference, the conference would start on Jan, 23, 2015, the source added.
Taliban had submitted a 20-member list to the Pugwash Organisation to be invited for the conference from Kabul, an Afghan participant who wished anonymity said adding the names of Waheed Muzhda, Qazi Hassan Haqyar, Haji Farid, Ahmad Shah Ahmadzai and Mohammad Zaman Muzzamil were also included in the list.
The organisation had also shared the list of representatives from civil society with Taliban who rejected the names in the list and suggested another list to participate in the conference, the source said.
The participants would discuss the Afghan conflict in the meeting and would present their recommendations regarding peace in Afghanistan, the source added.
Meanwhile, Taliban said in a statement that their representatives in Qatar Office would participate in the conference.
Such gatherings are very effective for the exchange of views of the representatives of both sides of the conflict, a political analyst, Khoshal Khalil said.
The meeting had to be conducted with coordination with Afghan government, while it was said that Afghan government rejected participating in the conference, he said.
According to Khalil, on May, 2, 2015 the Canadian organisation had also conducted another two-day conference behind the closed doors, under the name of “Afghan Dialogue”.
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