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Peace activists worried as Afghan conflict intensifies

Peace activists worried as Afghan conflict intensifies

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May 19, 2020 - 16:11

 

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Peace activists say they are deeply concerned about the increase in violence from both the Talibaninfo-icon and government sides, saying the situation is against Afghanistaninfo-icon’s interest.

A number of civil societyinfo-icon and peace activists addressed a press conference here and demanded ceasefire to pave the way for intra-Afghan talks.

Sangar Amirzada, a civil society activist, said attacks by Taliban and the government were causing casualties on both sides and civilians and it was against the country’s interest and would disrupt the peace process.

He called on the warring sides to halt attacks and work for lasting peace.

In a statement, the activists said that continuation of war was putting the peace process in danger.

The statement said the political agreement between President Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah gave hope to the nation.

It said: “We the peace activists welcome the signing of the political agreement and consider it an important and valuable step towards continuing negotiations among Afghans.”

The activists called on the international community and the UN Security Council to take serious action against the killers of civilians and clarify hidden dimensions of these incidents.

“We urge all parties involved in the peace process, especially the United States, to work together with Afghans to strengthen regional consensus and open diplomacy, to reduce the concerns of neighboring countries and the region,” the statement concluded.

Sa/ma

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