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Afghans seeking intra-Afghan dialogue, the only way to end war

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Afghans seeking intra-Afghan dialogue, the only way to end war
 A new report on a survey about how to end the long-protracted war in Afghanistan, was shared in a meeting, two days ago. 
Released on Saturday, the new survey which was conducted by the Regional Center for Strategic Studies (RCSS), said that a majority of up to 90 percent of the Afghans interviewed, believed the decades-long conflict in their country could be ended, only by an Afghan-owned negotiation.
They said peace dialogue with the government armed oppositions was possible, but only through their own talks.
Head of the RCSS who presented the report at a press conference about the survey titled ‘The deadlock of the Afghan peace and the way forward’ said that it was launched in Kabul, Balkh, Herat, Kandahar, Nangarhar and Kunduz provinces, in three months.
The people interviewed include civil society and political activists, university lecturers and a number of educated people, according to the report.
A total of up to 82 percent of the interviewees believed the ongoing war in Afghanistan had no winner and if wanted to end the conflict, peace talks was the only way.
“Sixty-seven percent of the respondents said the Afghan government has no practical program for brining peace while 73 percent believed Afghanistan has turned into a proxy war ground and Afghans were denied the chance to choose peace,” the survey added.
The report said that 76 percent of people said that the High Peace Council (HPC) did not work as an honest mediator.
It said 78 percent of the interviewees preferred a third impartial party for ensuring peace in Afghanistan while 90 percent said there was need for an intra-Afghan plan and dialogue.
Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef said that peace was impossible through military operations and added that the Afghans should create a mechanism for peace and take action for its implementation.
He criticized the presence of US forces in Afghanistan as saying there should be a mechanism to specify that for how long the US would stay in Afghanistan and what is their goal.

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