Reconciliation council wraps up assessment of peace proposals

Written by The Frontier Post

KABUL (Tolo News): A 15-member committee under the High Council for National Reconciliation responsible for consolidating the dozens of peace plan proposals provided by Afghan leaders wrapped up its work.

The committee, which is led by former vice president Mohammad Yunus Qanooni, assessed at least 25 peace proposals provided by different parties, including President Ghani’s peace plan, according to the reconciliation council. “After five working sessions, the assessment and analysis of views offered by political parties, the government, civil society, the media and citizens were assessed and consolidated,” the reconciliation council said in a statement.

According to the statement, the committee is scheduled to hold its last meeting on Saturday to review the views offered. Following this review, the draft peace plan will be presented at a meeting of the leadership committee of the High Council of National Reconciliation, the statement said.

The reconciliation council officials said this week that the council will present a unified peace plan at the upcoming Turkey conference. US officials have said that the Turkey conference will be a complement to the Doha talks. “The gathering, as in all facets of this process, will be Afghan-owned and supported by high-level attendants from the international community, building on recent international meetings in support of the peace process,” Ned Price, spokesperson for the US Department of State, said at a press briefing.

“This upcoming conference, it’s meant to help Afghan negotiators to make progress, to make progress in their negotiations, and will complement the peace talks that are currently ongoing in Doha,” she said. Price said that US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad remains in Doha and that he continues to engage with the parties on this very task, helping the parties, supporting the parties in this Afghan-led, Afghan-owned process to reach a political settlement and comprehensive ceasefire. “We are working with our Turkish counterparts and the Afghan parties to prepare for constructive participation in this conference,” she said.

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