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Abdullah warns to invoke NUG agreement

Abdullah warns to invoke NUG agreement

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Jan 26, 2020 - 21:20

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday said recent appointments by the president were illegitimate, if continued, they would act as per the National Unity Government (NUG) agreement.

Addressing a gathering here, Abdullah said recent decisions and appointments from Presidential Palace were against the NUG agreement.

“If the process of appointments continues and doesn’t stop, we will take unilateral steps on the basis of the NUG agreement in order to protect the system and ensure political stability.”

Abdullah’s reaction comes as the palace on January 23 approved the appointment of Mohammad Haroon Chakhansouri as acting foreign minister replacing Idrees Zaman, the deputy foreign minister.

Referring to the NUG agreement, Abdullah said the source of legitimacy was the agreement of NUG.

He said the government would continue working till the announcement of final result and peaceful transition of power and no other setup has the legitimacy.

Referring to ongoing peace talks, Abdullah said peace was the main demand of the people.

“Peace is the prior demand of the people of Afghanistaninfo-icon and we support peace unconditionally. We will explain our demand during the talks,” he said.

Abdullah said the NUG was above the Presidential Palace and peace was not in the confinement of the Palace.

Mohammad Mohaqiq, deputy CEO, said the Talibaninfo-icon had announced reduction in violence, but the government apposed it.

 “Even if violence does not reduce, we should be ready for peace talks because ceasefire may happen during talks,” he said.

Referring to unilateral appointments, he said: “Ashraf Ghani has no right to appoint a governor, minister …. on his own. But he made recent appointments unilaterally.”

He said Ashraf Ghani has no achievement without dividing ethnic groups, killing of tribal elders and fueling sectarian differences.

But the Presidential Palace says recent statements by some politicians that the government is not committed to peace reflect a low level of understanding of the president's actions to bring about peace.

Presidential Spokesperson Sediq Sediqi said the government is committed to  establishing durable peace. The Grand Peace Jirgainfo-icon was organised to decide roadmap for peace, he added.

Sediqi, however, did not say anything about recent unilateral appointments by the president.

Nh/ma

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