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Washington, Kabul violate peace pact: Taliban

Washington, Kabul violate peace pact: Taliban

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Apr 05, 2020 - 19:49

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Talibaninfo-icon have accused the US and Afghan governments of violating the peace agreement signed on February 29 in Qatari capital Doha.

The United States and the Taliban signed the confidence building peace pact on ending the war in Afghanistan in Doha after both sides negotiated the Afghan conundrum for nearly one and a half years.

US Chief Negotiator ZalmayKhalilzad signed the agreement on the behalf of the US while Mullah Abdul Ghani Beradar signed on the representation of the Taliban.

The deal stipulated the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners and a drawdown of US forces in the country.

In a statement published online on Sunday the Taliban said they were asking the Americans to seriously comply with the preliminary peace deal.

The group accused the US of failing to comply with the terms of the confidence-building agreement that included releasing thousands of militants and suspending attacks on military targets.

President Ashraf Ghani initially rejected releasing Taliban prisoners but later conditionally agreed and issued a decree to release the Taliban prisoners.

Currently, a three-member Taliban team is in Kabul and busy technically aiding the process.

The Taliban said their peace agreement with the US had been approved by the United Nations Security Council and countries.

The statement said the Taliban were still committed to the agreement and practiced it as well and the US had also accepted the Taliban were complying with the accord.

The Taliban have already shown willingness enter inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue for achieving lasting peace in the country, but before the start of intra-Afghan talks, their 5000 prisoners should be released based on the peace agreement.

The statement further said unfortunately their prisoners were yet to be released and the process of their release was delayed under different excuses.

The statement said based on the agreement, the Taliban would continue their attacks on Afghan security forces until the end of the intra-Afghan talks or until they reached a general truce in the country.

The statement said the rebels only attacked some security check-posts in urban areas, but decreased their attacks compared to last year.

However, the group alleged foreign and Afghan forces continued to attack them against the peace agreement.

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