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Pakistan renews aversion to preconditions for peace talks

Pakistan renews aversion to preconditions for peace talks

Feb 11, 2016 - 12:24

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Islamabad has called for a "step-by-step approach" to the Afghan peace process, renewing its aversion to precondition for talks between the government in Kabulinfo-icon and the Talibaninfo-icon.

"We must sequence the process rather than coming up with preconditions in this extremely complex and difficult process," Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry told civil societyinfo-icon leaders from the two countries.

Addressing the informal meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday, he hoped concerted efforts by the the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) would lead to direct Afghan talks sooner than later.

On Feb. 6, Afghanistaninfo-icon, Pakistaninfo-icon, the US and China decided during the third QCG meeting in Islamabad to make concerted efforts to bring all Taliban factions to the negotiating table by the end of the current month.

The non-official dialogue was arranged by the Islamabad-based Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS).

The foreign secretary said ‘positive messaging’ by all stakeholders was essential to build confidence and improve perceptions. “This will also help the governments move in tandem in the reconciliation process and neutralise the impact of spoilers.” he said.

Afghan civil society and the media would play their role in making the peace efforts a success, the diplomat believed, supporting a sovereign, united, prosperous and peaceful Afghanistan.



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