By: Suraya Raiszada
On threshold of holding NATO ministerial meeting, NATO Secretary General says revival of Afghanistan peace needs reduction in violence and international and regional consensus.
NATO General Secretary by asserting that NATO allies is fully supporting new efforts of the ongoing peace process said: “It is necessary that all sides should work to get access to progress in peace negotiation, reduce in violence and resume talks with goodwill. Besides, this also needs constructive role of international and regional players.”
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, following the NATO ministerial meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, said that the alliance sees that there is no “easy solution” in Afghanistan.
“We all see that there is no easy solution. There is no risk-free path ahead and we need to prepare for all options,” Stoltenberg said after the meeting.
The NATO chief said that the alliance’s foreign ministers emphasized their full support to all efforts to reinvigorate the peace process.
“Because a negotiated solution is the only way to achieve a sustainable peace, which prevents Afghanistan from again becoming a platform for international terrorism,” said Stoltenberg.
The NATO chief called on Afghan sides to seize the opportunity for peace, “All sides must seize this historic opportunity without further delay and all regional and international actors must play their part to support a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.
The issue of Afghanistan peace has now changed to the most debatable issues not only inside Afghanistan but outside of the country. Although continued efforts have been made by Afghanistan government and international community for maintaining peace in the country, unfortunately the efforts have not brought peace and stability to the country.
One of the main reasons of continued war in Afghanistan is foreign interference. Besides, supporting, funding and providing safe havens to terrorist groups by a number of regional countries are considered as another reason for continued war in Afghanistan. If a number of regional countries stop supporting and funding the Taliban, the group will soon get ready for direct talks with Afghanistan government.
For the past several years, previous and current governments of Afghanistan have made continued efforts to convince the Taliban group for peace talks and reconciliation, but unfortunately they have not reached to their goal so far.
Afghan political experts believe that to reach lasting peace in Afghanistan, international and regional consensus as well as the support of regional countries are necessary. The people and government of Afghanistan support any initiatives or steps if taken for maintaining peace in the country. Afghans are expecting the world and regional countries to honestly cooperate with Afghanistan government in maintaining peace and stability in the country.
This comes amid of efforts and preparations for Istanbul Peace Meeting set to be held in early April. On the other hand, the Pentagon on Wednesday said that US commanders are capable to completely withdraw troops from Afghanistan and that this part of the US-Taliban agreement is still on the table despite being reviewed by the Biden administration.