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US to take republic side if Taliban continue to reject peace

By: Lailuma Noori

US special peace envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has said US will take the republic side if the Taliban group avoids choosing reconciliation and stable future for Afghanistan. He made the remarks after concluding his trip to the region in which he visited Tashkent, Doha, Kabul, Dushanbe and Berlin.
“If the Taliban do not choose peace, a future based on consensus and compromise, then we will stand with Afghans who strive to keep the Republic intact. Republic political unity is a must,” Khalilzad tweeted. He said Taliban would be isolated if continued violence.
Khalilzad further said that there is a unique international consensus for peace, rooted in the support for a negotiated settlement, an end to violence, and rejection of any attempt to impose a military solution.
The main goal of international consensus is to help Afghanistan improve peace and stability. Regional countries have their interests in both war and peace in Afghanistan but maintaining peace in the country won’t threat their interests. Regional countries particularly Russia, China and Pakistan have played positive role through multilateral meetings held on Afghanistan peace process. It is true that peace is impossible without partnership of the regional countries. The respective countries have agreed on peace talks between Afghanistan government and Taliban.
Starting of visits of high-ranking officials of Afghanistan and Pakistan and continued demand of US, Germany and regional countries as India, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, UAE and Saudi Arabia for ceasefire and continuation of peace talks shows that the world countries have reached to a conclusion that continued war in Afghanistan has increased tensions in the region and will face regional peace and stability with threat in future.
Although efforts are underway for starting peace talks after Eid days, Taliban has increased violence and their spring attacks on various provinces of the country, resulting in killing and wounding dozens of Afghan innocent civilians. Days ago, the southern province of Logar witnessed a big explosion that killed and wounded dozens of Afghan students. In most recent incident, a girl school was attack in Kabul’s Dasht-e-Barchi area.
The death toll in multiple blasts outside a Sayed-al Shuhada Girl School in Kabul’s Dasht-e-Barchi area on Saturday afternoon raised to over 50, the Ministry of Interior said on Sunday, adding that more than 100 others were wounded in the incident.
Following the official start of US and NATO troop withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 May, Taliban attacks and violence have increased in most parts of the country particularly Helmand, Kandahar, Ghazni, Baghlan and Farah provinces. With increasing insecurities and Taliban attacks, US special peace envoy for Afghanistan in his recent visits to the region has stressed that international and regional consensus has been formed and the waring sides should make use of the opportunity and end the ongoing conflict in the country.

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