By: Lailuma Noori
Multilateral meeting was held the other day between US, EU, NATO and UNAMA on Afghanistan peace in Dubai of the United Arab Emirates.
Roland Kobia, EU Special Envoy for Afghanistan, attended the meeting and said: “Ceasefire, reduction of violence, sequencing, Intra-Afghan dialogue, inclusivity of process, guarantees and future commitments and regional dimension were part of issues discussed in the meeting.” He tweeted that there were “many common views” and “work was ongoing” in this regard.
Meanwhile, Tadamichi Yamamoto, UN General Secretary’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA) has met with US special peace envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and EU special envoy for Afghanistan Roland Kobia, discussing Afghanistan peace process and international support from the process.
In its Twitter page, UNAMA said: “UNAMA chief Tadamichi Yamamoto with US and European Special Envoys and Representatives for Afghanistan met in Dubai today, taking stock of international support for peace efforts”.
US special peace envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Nicholas Kay, NATO’s senior civilian representative for Afghanistan were the participants of the meeting in Dubai.
Sediq Sediqi, a spokesperson to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, in a tweet has declared that peace was a principal priority for the government and people of Afghanistan as well as Afghanistan international partners.
“Maintaining ceasefire which is the demand of Afghanistan people and government is the only way to reach a lasting and dignified peace in the country,” Sediqi tweeted, insisting that any plan in which ceasefire is debated as a principal step will be accepted by the people and government of Afghanistan.
In past, Afghanistan government has disagreed with the plan raised for reduction of violence in the country, saying that the only way to reach lasting peace was ceasefire before starting direct talks and negotiations.
Sediqi insisted that maintaining ceasefire was a need for starting peace talks, rejecting reduction of violence as it did not have any legal and militarily practical perspective. On the other hand, Afghanistan High Peace Council says the agreement which was ready for signing in Qatar did not have any meaning without maintaining ceasefire.
“Reduction of violence should be clearly introduced – peace agreement will have no meaning without maintaining ceasefire in the country,” said Mohammad Amin Waqad, a member of High Peace Council.
Peace talks between US and Taliban have been followed with ups and downs in the past one year. The talks were once considered as dead in September of last year when US president Donald Trump cancelled the talks following a Taliban suicide attack in which a US service man was killed.
Currently, negotiations between US and Taliban have resumed in Doha, capital city of Qatar as both the Taliban and US have said they would soon reach an agreement in near future, although Afghanistan government is insisting on maintaining ceasefire before starting the Intra-Afghan dialogue.