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UN chief backs peace talks with HIA

UN chief backs peace talks with HIA

May 22, 2016 - 18:44

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The United Nations on Sunday said it supported the Afghan government’s recent peace talks with the Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (HIA).

UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon and Afghan president Ashraf Ghani met in Doha on the sidelines of the 16th Doha Forum entitled “Stability and Prosperity for All”.

A statement from the Presidential Palace in Kabul said the UN chief voiced his support for recent steps taken by the Afghan government in different spheres, especially in peace talks with HIA.

Ban said they would evaluate the draft peace agreement between the Afghan government and the HIA and would then take necessary measures.

The UN has put the name of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and other HIA members on its blacklist.

After two months of talks between an HIA delegation and Afghan government, both sides reached a draft peace agreement.

Under the agreement, the Afghan government would try to get remove names of HIA members the UN and US blacklists and would release HIA prisoners and allow the party to carry out political activities.

The Afghan government has asked the UN to drop the name of HIA members from its black list.

Ghani said told the UN chief that the agreement with the HIA was in accordance with the Afghanistan Constitution. “I thank the US for being ready to help us in this regard.”

Ban said he would visit Afghanistan in near future and urged President Ghani his government should ratify the climate change convention.

President Ghani welcomed the UN demand and said he would appoint a working team to finalise the convention by the end of the current year.



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