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Peace with Taliban not an easy job, says Sopko

Peace with Taliban not an easy job, says Sopko

Jan 29, 2020 - 16:14

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Special Inspector General for Afghanistaninfo-icon Reconstructioninfo-icon (SIGAR) John Sopko says peace with Talibaninfo-icon is hard and peace maintenance even harder.

A VOA Pashtoinfo-icon report said that Sopko expressed made these remarks while briefing the US Congress about peace related issues on Tuesday.

He said cooperation among the US, Afghanistan and other allies as well as ending intra-Afghan differences was important for sustainable peace in Afghanistan.

Spoko said the return of Taliban to normal life after a possible deal would be also full of problems from financial prospective.

“We have shared reports of experiences about the integration of former fighters, we cannot say that 80,000 Taliban rebels and their families will join the Afghan societyinfo-icon in one day, a plan should be developed on this issue from now on,” he said.

He added that peace with Taliban was difficult and maintenance of peace was even harder.

Afghanistan would need support of international community after a peace deal with the Taliban, Sopko said.

He said there should be a strong oversight of current financial US support to Afghanistan. The Trump administration should know how much fund Afghanistan receives and how it is monitored, he said.

“If there is no accurate oversight of funds, it would mean that all dollars and euros are thrown to Massoud Square of Kabul and then set alight,” he said.

He also criticized Afghan security forces for not conducting aggressive attacks and said negligence of Afghan forces allowed militants to increase their activities.



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