After long delay in peace talks, the US representative has resumed efforts for an intra-Afghan dialogue as the presidential election is looming to give the preliminary results announced later on few days.
The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, particularly the country’s president has time and gain asked the armed oppositions to join peace and take part in the reconstruction of their country.
The country’s president has said the door for peace was open to any of the government armed oppositions and wanted no further bloodshed and patricide in the country.
Recently reports said that US envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad has resumed efforts and along with the EU envoy Roland Kobia and other representatives from the European Union (EU), France, Germany, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United Nations, have met in Brussels to discuss peace in Afghanistan.
The intra-Afghan dialogue, with the interference of the US’s peace envoy, which is expected to take place between representatives from the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan including civil society activists on one side and the Taliban group, should initially ask for restoring ceasefire.
Restoration of ceasefire would first help reduce violence and prevent civilian casualties in the country, and could pave the way for stepping up towards successfully continuation of peace talks between the two sides that could result in a lasting peace in the country.
In fact, a sustainable peace can only be achieved through a negotiated political settlement and that the US and European representatives’ recent plan to pledge support for talks between the Afghan government, including political and civil society leaders and the Taliban representatives, should mostly focus on immediate step to call for a ceasefire in the war-ravaged nation. A joint statement from the US, EU and other member group on the Afghan peace talks, applauded the Afghans for taking part in the recent polling, quoted the members calling on the country’s President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah to mainly focus on preparing an inclusive and national negotiating team to may build trust between the two sides to set around a negotiating table.
According to the statement, the representatives insisted for recognition of the interests of women, youth and minorities in the settlement.
Other conditions, such as the Taliban commitment to cut ties with Daesh and other terrorist groups and preventing Afghanistan from being a safe haven for terrorists have also been lodged in the statement.
Efforts have also been said in the statement to be made against corruption and illicit drug production in the country.
Likewise, the achievements made on Doha Conference should be preserved in the continuation of peace talks expected to be restarted with the participation of the government and the Taliban representatives.
Anyway, no peace talks would give positive results unless takes place through an inclusive intra-Afghan negotiation that would protect the identity of all Afghans.