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Mistrust, difference of opinion behind long negotiators’ list: Experts

Mistrust, difference of opinion behind long negotiators’ list: Experts

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Apr 17, 2019 - 19:46

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A number of political experts say the long list of individuals the government recently announced for negotiating with the Talibaninfo-icon in Qatar shows ‘arrogance’ and ‘selfishness’ of figures and groups who played their role in preparing the list.

On Tuesday, the government issued a list of 250 people, including 52 women, who will participate in the upcoming intra-Afghan dialogue in Doha.

The meeting is expected to take place from April 19 to 21 between individuals on the list and Taliban representatives.

Javid Kohistani, a political expert, talking about the list, told Pajhwok Afghan News that mistrust among government leaders and difference of opinion between politicians led to the list becoming lengthy.

He said the Qatar meeting would probably have 10 speakers. “Most of the people who are named to participate in the Qatar meeting are not experts or speakers, but they are chosen for a motive of having an inclusive meeting,” he said.

“This long list shows ornateness, arrogance and selfishness and maybe the people on this list could not represent the people of Afghanistaninfo-icon,” he said.

Fatima Gilani, another political expert, said the time of the meeting was short and all the participants would not be able to express their opinions.

She said the meeting in Doha was scheduled for three days and if all the participants expressed their views in at least three minutes each, they would need four days.

It would have been better had the government worked on preparing the contents of the negotiations including national and international issues related to Afghanistan instead of preparing the lengthy list, she said.

Gilani said most of the people on the list were government workers and a number of others chosen from the civil societyinfo-icon were also affiliated with political parties and different groups which she said were fueling problems in Afghanistan.

“Some politicians use national issues for protection of their own interests”, she said. “I wish there were people on the list who preferred national issues over personal issues and were honest towards bringing peace to this country.”

Younus Fakor, another political analyst, said, “The number of people announced in the list are too much for a conference or exchanging views, but the government prepared it based on some needs.”

He said it would be better if the Afghan government sent a single team for representing the voices of Afghans so as the Taliban understand the ‘Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’ was acting united, but messiness caused the government to prepare a long list.

Sayed Khalid Sadat, a political expert and former employee of the High Peace Councilinfo-icon (PHC), expressed his deep concern over the list of participants for Doha meeting and said the list was problematic from all aspects.

He said the government should have introduced and selected influential figures for the upcoming Doha talks.

However, another political activist Zia Wadan agreed with the list, which he said had been prepared from among the nation not from the government or a group.

Earlier today, the Taliban said a limited number of political and national figures on a list of 250 people released by the Kabul administration will be invited to the intra-Afghan talks in Doha.

In a statement, the militant movement made clear that no one would be allowed to represent the government in Kabul at the planned conference in the Qatari capital.

“If any participant is affiliated with the Kabul administration, as was the case at the Moscow conference, he will present in a personal capacity and express personal views. No one is allowed to represent the government,” the group said.

“Those who have drawn up the list must realise this is an orderly and prearranged conference in a far-away Gulf country and not an invitation to a wedding or another party at a hotel in Kabul,” the Taliban remarked.

The statement said the Kabul government has released a list of 250 participants for the conference but the hosts had no plans of accepting so many people from Kabul. Large-scale participation isn’t normal at such conferences.

On the other hand, Jamiati Islami Party Chief Executive Atta Mohammad Noor termed the government-announced list of participants in the Doha meeting as a governmental and ordered one.

Noor added they rejected the list as it was made based on personal behavior and they would not attend the meeting as well.

But the Presidential Palace said the list has been prepared in coordination with political parties, independent personalities, political figures and other institutions.

Representatives of political parties, jihadi leaders, family members of victims of the war, the High Peace Council representatives, members of the parliament, civil society, youth, journalists, government officials, tribal elders and influential personalities are part of the list, the statement said.

Meanwhile, presidential spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazawi said the list has been prepared after consultations with all political parties, civil society activists, Ulemainfo-icon and influential faces. Murtazawi added a short list in this regard would not have the certain faces.

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