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Talks with HIA at threshold of success: HPC

Talks with HIA at threshold of success: HPC

Sep 21, 2016 - 13:05

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC) on Wednesday hinted at progress in negotiations with the Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (HIA), led by Gulbadin Hekmatyar.

As and when signed by President Ashraf Ghani and Hekmatyar, the peace agreement would pave the ground for lasting stability in the country, a statement from HPC said.

As a result of stepped-up efforts by the council, the statement said, two years of talks with the HIA had finally reached the threshold of success. The deal would meet a longstanding and just demand of the people.

The HPC statement comes as the worldinfo-icon marks the International Day of Peace. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The day’s theme for the current year is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”The 17 goals were unanimously adopted by the 193 member states of the United Nations in September 2015.

Every single one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals is perceived a building block in the global architecture of peace.

Also on Wednesday, the HIA -- the second largest militant outfit after Talibaninfo-icon -- hoped the peace deal with the Ashraf Ghani administration would be signed in a day or two.

A senior HIA leader, privy to peace negotiations, pledged the party would announce a ceasefire and join mainstream politics once the pact was inked.




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