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All peace efforts aimed at Kabul-Taliban talks: Daudzai

All peace efforts aimed at Kabul-Taliban talks: Daudzai

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Feb 20, 2019 - 19:18

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghanistaninfo-icon’s government and political forces allowed the United States to enter peace talks with the Talibaninfo-icon, but the final decision in this regard would come from the elected Kabul administration, said the High Peace Councilinfo-icon secretary Omar Daudzai on Wednesday.

Addressing a gathering organised by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) here, Daudzai said: “The purpose of all peace efforts is to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table with the Afghan government and to eventually sign a peace treaty between the two sides.”

He said Taliban representatives in their last meeting with US special envoy Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad had ‘little authority’ to decide on issues but hoped this time the Taliban negotiators would have a greater say in reconciliation efforts.

The Taliban-US talks are likely to resume on February 25 in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Daudzai justified worries about womeninfo-icon’s rights in the ongoing peace process and asked the Afghan women not to be worried. He said the US-Taliban talks were currently on ‘two main points and four subordinate points.”

“The Taliban have asked the US to pullout its forces and the US responded they will withdraw after reaching peace and after all Afghans asked them to do so, otherwise no pullout,” he claimed.

The US, according to Daudzai, also asked the Taliban to enter a ceasefire and reconcile with the government, but the negotiating Taliban team responded they had no authority to decide on a ceasefire or talks with the government.

Referring to a consultative peace Loya Jirgainfo-icon, he said the grand assembly would be called into session in a month and a non-governmental commission would lead it.

Earlier, President Ashraf Ghani has ordered formation of a consultative Loya Jirga to seek national consensus on peace and reconciliation.

Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, addressing the gathering, said a peace deal without considering human and women rights was not acceptable.

He said peace without women rights meant ignoring half of the societyinfo-icon and such kind of peace would mean a short term stability.

/ma

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