By: Lailuma Noori
Reports in connection with talks between US and Taliban on signing peace agreement and modality of holding ceremony for that have raised serious concern of Afghanistan government.
Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh in a meeting the other day in Kabul expressed his concern over possible signing of peace agreement between US and Taliban, saying that if signing the agreement was for maintaining the Taliban’s emirate system, it would intensify war and violence in the country.
“Maintaining ceasefire and starting direct negotiations between Afghanistan government and the Taliban group are the only way for maintaining peace in Afghanistan,” Danesh said, adding that agreement on Taliban’s emirate system or any other system that violates democratic system and human rights cannot bring peace to the country, instead it intensifies war and violence.
Criticizing somehow the ongoing talks between US and Taliban group in Qatar, Danesh said the government of Afghanistan has been kept away from details of the talks. He considered signing of the peace agreement between US and Taliban is a positive move, but saying that the main side to the ongoing conflict was the people and government of Afghanistan.
Pointing to plan of the Taliban group for reduction of violence in the country, Second Vice President said the plan was vague and somehow escaping from real peace and deceiving the people and international community.
“The plan to reduce violence is vague and is a type of fleeing from peace, and it is deceiving the people and the international community,” said Danesh. “With such justifications from the Taliban or their supporters the US may be willing to sign the agreement, but this will not solve the problem of Afghans.”
The government of Afghanistan welcomes and supports the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process as well as any initiatives that can bring peace to the country, but it has a range of concerns in this regard. The government has always insisted that achievements of the past 18 years such as constitution, the country’s armed forces, freedom of expression, civil rights of Afghan citizens in particular women rights should not be dealt in peace talks. Afghan women never want to lose their rights; instead, they want to go forward and have more authorization in various fields and sectors. They want not be ignored in ongoing peace talks between US and Taliban. Meanwhile, Afghanistan government considers the republic system as its redline and has always insisted that republic is part of values in which the people have achieved during the past 19 years; therefore, it should not be lost. This comes amid of reports coming from Qatar saying that representatives of the Taliban are insisting on their position for only reduction of violence rather than maintaining ceasefire; therefore, such kind of positions won’t help maintain lasting peace in the country.