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Akbar Agha backs Khalilzad’s interim government offer

Akbar Agha backs Khalilzad’s interim government offer

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Nov 15, 2018 - 18:59

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghanistaninfo-icon Salvation Council (ASC) supports US special envoy Zalmai Khalilzad’s offer to postpone the presidential election and establish an interim government in Kabul to pave the way for a peace agreement with the Talibaninfo-icon.

The US special representative for reconciliation in Afghanistan during his second trip to Afghanistan this week met with government leaders and prominent political figures.

Khalilzad has reportedly shared his views on establishing an interim government to facilitate the peace talks with President Ashraf Ghani.

Sayed Akbar Agha, head of ASC, told a press conference here that the key of peace was with the people  not with the Taliban or the government.

“It is better for the US envoy to meet ordinary people and prominent neutral figures of Afghanistan instead of meeting with politicians,” he said.

“Both the current government and the Taliban think the conflict in Afghanistan is unsolvable, so approaching the nation is a solution and the Afghan nation should be given authority”, he said.

Akbar Agha said a majority of politicians benefited from the current situation and a prolonged war and they were not interested in peace. “It is better for Khalilzad to take advice from Afghans on bringing peace to Afghanistan,” he suggested.

He welcomed Khalilzad’s offer for creating a provisional government or delaying presidential elections and amendments to the Constitution and said initial steps were important for peace negotiations.

He also welcomed the release of Mullahinfo-icon Baradar and a number of other Taliban key members from Pakistani jails and said the released figures trusted by the Taliban and the international community could play an important role in peace talks.

Akbar Agha asked the Afghan government to release key Taliban members who could help push forward the peace process. He said the release of Taliban from government jails would build trust between the insurgent group and the government.

 Mualvi Tarakhel Mohammadi, a Kuchiinfo-icon (nomads) representative in the Parliament, also supported Zalmai Khalilzad’s efforts for the Afghan peace and said, “We voice on Khalilzad to rescue us from this ruinous war.”

He said the people would accept creation of a provisional government, delay in elections, holding of a Loya Jirgainfo-icon for amending the Constitution or any other demands that take them to peace.

“We see some politicians are opposing Khalilzad’s recent peace struggles, we ask them to put aside their personal interests and work for a real peace which is a long standing demand of Afghans,” he said.

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