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December 14, 2018
The Kabul Times

Peace talks an intra-Afghan dialogue

Since the last long years, when the Taliban intensified war in Afghanistan and continued martyring people including security forces, the group was repeatedly invited by the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to shun violence and join peace process.
The government asked the Taliban leaders to introduce their representatives for directly joining a negotiation table with the state initiated High Peace Council (HPC), but the outfit has repeatedly rejected any face-to-face talk with the council and instead, suggested a unilateral talks with the US authorities.
Regardless of what would the militants discuss with the US about the future of Afghanistan, American officials had said they would support any peace negotiation between the government and the Afghan Taliban as they said this was an intra-Afghan problem and should be resolved by the Afghans themselves.
In a new offer from the Taliban for direct bilateral talks with the US on the Afghanistan issue, unless the government was one of the member, a report misinterpreted the Resolute Support mission chief the other day that the US was willing for direct negotiation with the group.
The mission refuted media report as a misinterpretation and added: “The United States is not a substitute for the Afghan people and or the Afghan government.”
According to the report the comments were made during a meeting between Gen. Nicholson and the Afghan government and provincial representatives held in southern Kandahar province.
“My reaffirmation of Secretary Pompeo’s statement in which he said peace talks would include a discussion of international forces and that the United States is ready to work with the Taliban, the Afghan government and the Afghan people towards lasting peace was mischaracterized.”
The US State Secretary has made the statement days after the government of Afghanistan’s unilateral ceasefire that could encourage the Taliban to observe only three days of Eid marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Indeed, a direct talk between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban or any other government armed oppositions is a need to resolve the ongoing problems. Both sides of the negotiations should be Afghans as the two sides of conflict and disputes are the Afghans, however the process should include a discussion of the role of international community, particularly the US as the key Afghan partner who could provide support, facilitate and participate in the discussion.
We will not negate the US supporting role in the process as the secretary of state has said that his country was exploring all avenues to advance an Afghan-led peace talks in close consultation with the government of Afghanistan.
Neither the government nor the people of Afghanistan are willing to have a peace talk with the interference of other countries and in the direction of the aliens, but the international partners who have so far provided aids, cooperation and other means for the Afghan people, even they have supported the country’s security and defense forces during the years of counter-terrorism conflicts, would never be ignored as they are working unbiasedly for the Afghans.
So, peace negotiations should be held based on an intra-Afghan dialogue and the Taliban, if want to give up arm and work for the country’s national interests, should join a direct talk with the elected system, as the main representative of the people, not other countries or organizations who are only fighting terrorism or only having their responsibility in Afghanistan.

Since the last long years, when the Taliban intensified war in Afghanistan and continued martyring people including security forces, the group was repeatedly invited by the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to shun violence and join peace process.
The government asked the Taliban leaders to introduce their representatives for directly joining a negotiation table with the state initiated High Peace Council (HPC), but the outfit has repeatedly rejected any face-to-face talk with the council and instead, suggested a unilateral talks with the US authorities.
Regardless of what would the militants discuss with the US about the future of Afghanistan, American officials had said they would support any peace negotiation between the government and the Afghan Taliban as they said this was an intra-Afghan problem and should be resolved by the Afghans themselves.
In a new offer from the Taliban for direct bilateral talks with the US on the Afghanistan issue, unless the government was one of the member, a report misinterpreted the Resolute Support mission chief the other day that the US was willing for direct negotiation with the group.
The mission refuted media report as a misinterpretation and added: “The United States is not a substitute for the Afghan people and or the Afghan government.”
According to the report the comments were made during a meeting between Gen. Nicholson and the Afghan government and provincial representatives held in southern Kandahar province.
“My reaffirmation of Secretary Pompeo’s statement in which he said peace talks would include a discussion of international forces and that the United States is ready to work with the Taliban, the Afghan government and the Afghan people towards lasting peace was mischaracterized.”
The US State Secretary has made the statement days after the government of Afghanistan’s unilateral ceasefire that could encourage the Taliban to observe only three days of Eid marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Indeed, a direct talk between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban or any other government armed oppositions is a need to resolve the ongoing problems. Both sides of the negotiations should be Afghans as the two sides of conflict and disputes are the Afghans, however the process should include a discussion of the role of international community, particularly the US as the key Afghan partner who could provide support, facilitate and participate in the discussion.
We will not negate the US supporting role in the process as the secretary of state has said that his country was exploring all avenues to advance an Afghan-led peace talks in close consultation with the government of Afghanistan.
Neither the government nor the people of Afghanistan are willing to have a peace talk with the interference of other countries and in the direction of the aliens, but the international partners who have so far provided aids, cooperation and other means for the Afghan people, even they have supported the country’s security and defense forces during the years of counter-terrorism conflicts, would never be ignored as they are working unbiasedly for the Afghans.
So, peace negotiations should be held based on an intra-Afghan dialogue and the Taliban, if want to give up arm and work for the country’s national interests, should join a direct talk with the elected system, as the main representative of the people, not other countries or organizations who are only fighting terrorism or only having their responsibility in Afghanistan.

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