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Afghan peace programs in 17 years a failure: Survey

Afghan peace programs in 17 years a failure: Survey

Nov 08, 2018 - 21:26

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A new survey report released on Thursday said leadership of the peace process was not with the Afghans and that a majority of Afghanistaninfo-icon’s people lacked awareness about the reconciliation process.

The survey’s findings were released at a conference titled “The peace process in Afghanistan” in Kabul.

The survey by the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies was completed in 10 months during which 2000 people were interviewed in all the country’s 34 provinces as well as Talibaninfo-icon militants.

Omar Sadar, a researcher at Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies, said people’s views about the peace process and assessment of decisions in this regard during the past 17 years were part of the study.

Analysis and assessment

Sadar said their assessment and analysis showed all peace related programs regarding Afghanistan during the past 17 years particularly before 2014 had been a failure.

He said during this period the Afghans eluded decisiveness for making peace in their country and the only achievement was the Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistan’s joining of the peace process.

He said recent efforts of the US special representative, Zalmay Khalilzad, showed the peace process leadership was not with the Afghans.


Omar Sadar said the survey findings showed 54 percent of those interviewed lacked enough knowledge about the peace process.

“44 percent of the interviewees have negative opinion about Taliban and Daesh and regard them the enemies of Afghans.”

He said only three percent of the respondents called the Taliban as mujahideeninfo-icon and a vast majority believed the Taliban lacked the ability to run the government.

He said 63 percent of the respondents said peace programs in Afghanistan had been a failure.

He said 35 percent Afghans believed peace eluded Afghanistan because of interferences of neighboring countries and that the government lacked the ability to maintain peace.

Sadar said a majority of the survey participants wanted a peaceful solution to the Afghanistan conflict.

Most of the interviewees supported an Afghan-led peace process.



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