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Peace in Afghanistan key to regional stability: EU

Peace in Afghanistan key to regional stability: EU

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Mar 26, 2019 - 19:53

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said the Afghans have been struggling for peace over the last four decades, but if attempts were made to bring stability through use of weapons and threats, it would be the beginning of another conflict in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

President Ghani expressed these views during his meeting with European Union (EU)’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini at the Presidential Palace today.

He thanked the EU for its efforts for the Afghan election process and peace and said the agenda of the union was stability, end to the war and development in the worldinfo-icon.

“Afghans are a free nation and they value their freedom more than anything else and the stability the Afghan people have been hoping for the last four decades would be achieved with peace,” he said.

He said attempts for stability in Afghanistan through using weapons would pave the way for another conflict. “A tough test is ahead of us and if anyone commits mistakes, it would cause negative consequences, the chance made available about peace in Afghanistan is a great opportunity for the country’s future, the 40 years old war should end, he said.

“We will pursue the peace process by defining and conveying our fundamental interests, which are in the process of sharing efforts and changing the global and regional relations for a positive aspect.” he said.

 “Afghanistan is suffering from a violence which is not only a domestic product but the product of a situation on the global, regional level and contradictions in the Islamic world and that is the reason all these issues should be precisely discussed in the Consultative Loya Jirgainfo-icon,” Ghani said.

He said creating a national consensus inside the country for peace was very important. “Fortunately the peace issue has turned into a national dialogue and it would continue under the framework of Loya Jirga for peace,” he said.

Ghani said the current time was not a time to use the language of threats and no developments in the country would be made unless there was stability in the country. “In a case of stability, I am sure the EU would sponsor development projects in Afghanistan,” he added.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said she was optimistic about the opportunity of peace in Afghanistan and said it was a great chance for the Afghan people to make their fate on their own.

She said a stable peace process required primary conditions which should push for a stable peace and end to the war in Afghanistan. She said the EU was able to play the role of guarantor for Afghanistan peace negotiations.

“We do not want to only watch these issues, but we want to assess them,” she added.

Pointing to the US, China, Iran, Pakistaninfo-icon and Russia, she said players and factors involved in the peace process could play an important role in the process.

“A ceasefire between the negotiating sides and the Afghan government should be agreed first and a comprehensive and inclusive team should be created, peace negotiations should be acceptable to the world so no more oppositions should emerge in the future,” she said.

Mogherini said that protection of the achievements made over the past years, leadership of the peace process by Afghans were important issues and peace talks should be based on the Afghanistan constitution.

Peace in Afghanistan would be the beginning of peace in the whole region, she concluded.

Speaking at a joint press conference with President Ghani, the European Union's top diplomat said the bloc supported "an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process."

Mogherini said that the EU had "always been on the side of Afghan people with no other agenda" than peace, security, and prosperity for the war-torn country.

She said the political and social achievements of the past years, including in the field of rights for womeninfo-icon, girls, and children, should be taken into account in talks with the Talibaninfo-icon.

The EU official also met with Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah during her Kabul visit.

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