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EU wants ceasefire, resumption of peace talks

EU wants ceasefire, resumption of peace talks

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Oct 20, 2019 - 19:06

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The European Union (EU) on Sunday said it supported the presidential election in Afghanistaninfo-icon, stressing that ceasefire was key to achieving peace and resumption of peace negotiations.

Roland Kobia, EU’s special representative for Afghanistan during a meeting with Pierre Mayaudon, the union’s ambassador to Afghanistan, said the EU was satisfied with peace talks between the US and Talibaninfo-icon.

“We were assessing Khalilzad’s efforts, we knew that it is a hard mission, the aim was opening a way for intra-Afghan talks, we were saddened when the talks stopped, we try the peace talks resumed,” he said.

Nine rounds of talks between Taliban and the US held in Doha, capital of Qatar, but US President Donald Trump cancelled the talks around two months ago.

Kobia said there was a serious need for ceasefire during peace talks. “It is not possible peace negotiations and war continues simultaneously.”

Ceasefire was in the agenda of peace talks and there was a need for it when negotiations begin next time, he added.

He stressed on protection of achievements made over the last 18 years in Afghanistan and said, “Peace talks should be owned by Afghans, the president and the state should be aware of talks, the more the president is involved, transparent the peace talks will become.”

“Afghans have given enough sacrifices, Taliban also suffered huge losses, Taliban are also Afghans, we should not return to the past but go forward, Taliban should agree on ceasefire if they want to be part of politics in the future, a government should be formed so the international community work with them and have good relations with them,” he said.

“If a government comes that does not respect basic rights or Islamic Emirate is established, it would be difficult for the EU to continue its assistance to such a system,” he added.

Kobia said they would continue their cooperation with Afghanistan even in post-peace time. He added peace and election in Afghanistan were not in conflict with each other.

“EU supports the presidential election; because this election was based on Afghanistan’s constitution and people participated in this process at the cost of their lives, we praise this heroism of Afghans,” he added.

He said Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) was trying to announce the election results based on clean votes and parties involved in election should accept the result and not create problems.

Pierre Mayaudon, EU envoy to Afghanistan, in response to a question about the delay in election result announcement, said, “It was amazing for us, but it takes time to separate biometric and clean votes from unclean votes, but this should be done in days not in weeks.”

He said if the election result was delayed for an indefinite time, it would surely raise doubts about transparency.

He said the law should be respected and no activities should be done that could damage credibility of the election.

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