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Fair participation of ethnic, social groups important for success of any political system: VP Danesh

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: During a meetingwith Mette Knudsen, deputy special representative (Political) for UNAMA here yesterday, the Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh said that political structures in Afghanistan would be successful if fair participation of all ethnic and social groups are ensured.
Welcoming UN’s role in new US draft for Afghan peace process, VP Danesh, as quoted in a statement by his press office, stressed that if the post-peace political structure does not take into account the fair participation and balanced presence of ethnic groups, religious figures, political parties, women and other social groups, war and violence would be once again resurged.
Emphasizing the effective and constructive role of the United Nations in the Afghan peace process, VP Danesh said that the US government’s new plan, which has its own complexities, is being reviewed by the Afghan government leadership.
Recently, a plan for peace in Afghanistan and post-peace political system was presented by the US government to the leadership of the Afghan government, which had previously been published through media. The plan emphasizes the role of the United Nations in advancing the Afghan peace process. Referring to the role of the United Nations in the Bonn Conference, VP Danesh said that one of the reasons for Bonn Conference to be succeeded twenty years ago was that the United Nations played a key role in it.
According to the Vice President, consultative meetings and deliberations between the leadership of the government and the country’s political elders regarding this plan, as well as building coherence on the Afghan peace process, have already begun and would be continued.
Pointing to any peace plan and subsequent political structure, VP Danesh said the Afghan government emphasizes that the constitution, values such as democracy, human rights, women’s rights, elections, civil liberties, freedom of expression and freedom of the media must be preserved.
During the meeting, deputy special representative for UNAMA, as quoted in the statement, announced the organization’s readiness to play a role in the Afghan peace process, saying that the United Nations was ready to work for peace and political stability in Afghanistan.
She also said that the progress of the Afghan peace process needs to be carefully considered; as according to her different elements are involved in the process of ensuring political stability in the country, which these efforts must be organized in such a way as to be able to represent the people and citizens of Afghanistan on a large scale.

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