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Kabul meeting demands ‘comprehensive plan’ for peace

Kabul meeting demands ‘comprehensive plan’ for peace

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Oct 10, 2018 - 20:51

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A consultative meeting on peace in Kabul on Wednesday stressed Talibaninfo-icon’s participation in the election process and turning the move into an opportunity for reconciliation.

The participants of the meeting also demanded creation of a comprehensive plan for peace in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

A number of speakers stressed on regional and international cooperation for peace efforts in Afghanistan and others called for convening a Loya Jirgainfo-icon (Grand Council) on bringing peace to the country.

The consultative meeting about peace was organized by the High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC) and attended by political parties’ representatives and political figures in Kabul.

Prominent among the participants were Mohammad Younus Qanoni, Fazal Hadi Muslimyar, Amrullah Saleh, political parties’ leaders and other politicians.

Qanoni, head of the Hezb-i-Afghanistan Nawin and member of the National Projection and Stability Council of Afghanistan, said there was a national consensus on peace in Afghanistan and all people believed that war was not a solution.

He said the nature, plan and impact of peace were important issues and the Afghan people had the right to have their views in this regard.

 “Having a clear and comprehensive plan for peace is our first need, but unfortunately no side has so far focused on this issue, as war in Afghanistan is not a war between Afghans, we know that peace in the country would also not be fully related to Afghans,”  Qanoni said.

He added war in Afghanistan had regional and international roots and Afghanistan could not achieve peace until some regional and other countries not supported it.

“We need to have a clear plan for peace in the first step, have we really changed the peace issue into an international issue, we still have doubts, are regional countries still seek their interests in war or in peace, we still have doubts in these issues,” he said.

Countries somehow supporting insurgents in Afghanistan still do not believe in a strategic change, particularly Afghanistan’s neighbor countries, he added.

 “Informal negotiations among Afghanistan, the US, Pakistaninfo-icon and some other countries have been ongoing, but we are still not sure whether Afghanistan is engaged in these negotiations or not,” Qanoni said.

Omar Daudzai, a member of the National Projection and Stability Council of Afghanistan, also said that peace would not be established until the government stopped calling Taliban as puppets of Pakistan and the Taliban stopped calling the government as puppet of the US.

He said both the sides should respect each others for paving the ground for peace talks and trust building. He supported the call for convening a Loya Jirga on peace in Afghanistan.

Hamid Gilani, head of Mahaz-I-Milli party, said concerns existed about peace negotiations between the Taliban and the government and the HPC was responsible to remove these concerns.

“Trust between the government and the Taliban would take us one step closer to peace,” he said.

AmrullahSaleh, former National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) chief, said that the current Taliban were different from the Taliban of the past.

He said the Taliban had found interest in indirect negotiations and it was a great opportunity for the HPC to engage in the dialogue.

Sporadic efforts about peace in Afghanistan should be cohered and talks with the Taliban should be from a single stance and source, he added.  “Dispersion in the peace process has caused the Taliban to show less interest in this process.”

The US and the Afghan government’s viewpoints about peace needed to become one as it would remove mistrust in the negotiations process, Saleh said.

HPC head, Mohammad Karim Khalili said: “We can bring peace when we include views of all the people in the peace process, we are happy we have exchanged views with the other side during the period we worked here.”

He said the HPC has created a national consensus on peace, so all the Afghans have their say in the process.

“The consensus on peace exists but difference of views how to bring peace is a major problem,” he added.

He said the Taliban also wanted peace and there was the need for an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led dialogue.

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