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Civil society underlines truce to make talks a success

Civil society underlines truce to make talks a success

Jul 29, 2015 - 18:53

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Civil societyinfo-icon organisations on Wednesday announced support for peace talks, asking the warring factions to announce a ceasefire to pave the way for successful negotiations.

The Transitional Justice Coordinating Group (TJCG) and Responsible Citizens Civil Movement (RCCV) presented their suggestions at a press conference in Kabul.

The first round of direct parleys between Talibaninfo-icon and Afghan government representatives took place last month in Muree near Islamabad and the second meeting is expected in a couple of days. The US and China attended the first round as observers.

Rahim Jame, an activist of RCCV, believed recent talks and Mullahinfo-icon Omar’s soft stance in his Eid message showed the group was eager for a political settlement. But the conflict has expanded recently. He said the talks without ceasefire would increase the mistrust between the two sides.

Regarding Pakistaninfo-icon’s role in the talks, Jame alleged, the neighboring country had always played a double game in Afghanistaninfo-icon: “If the second round of talks takes place in Pakistan, there won’t be any positive outcome.”

Abdullah Ahmadi, a member of TJCG, said if the talks continued openly without behind-the-curtain dealings it would lead to a good path.

Issuing a joint statement, the groups said a general ceasefire in all parts of the country should take place as a fundamental element of the talks so that it could create good faith among the people.

Based on the Access to Information law, they demanded, the government should keep the masses and civil society informed about the peace parleys. They also suggested the creation of a new entity to replace the High Peace Councilinfo-icon, which could not gain people’s trust and confidence over the past few years.



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