Afghanistan

Saleh: Peace without dignity is unacceptable

Written by The Frontier Post

KABUL (TOLOnews): First Vice President Amrullah Saleh spoke at a gathering in Kabul on Thursday and said that the Afghan government “will not ignore the sovereignty of the people in the peace process.”

Saleh also said: “We will never ignore our achievements, if we ignored them, peace would come tomorrow. The leadership should be determined by the people, not the Shura and other shuras.”

“Peace without dignity is not acceptable and has not been accepted by any nation,” he added.

On Wednesday, the High Council of National Reconciliation (HCNR) said that the meeting of the leadership committee of the council would be convened in the near future where it will clarify its main demands for the agenda of the peace negotiations.

Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the HCNR, said in a meeting that the negotiating team will be given all necessary directives and guidelines so that they can go to the next round of the talks with a clear agenda and directives.

However, members of the peace negotiating team said that an unclear agenda for the talks will create challenges in the way of the process.

A week has passed since the peace negotiating team representing the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan began their consultations in Kabul. However, there are concerns about political divisions within the process in Kabul.

Recently, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called on the Taliban to conduct the next round of talks in Kabul which rejected by Taliban.

It’s expected that the second round of the negotiations will resume on January 5.

But the resumption of the negotiations in Doha on January 5 is associated with many questions and concerns among political figures in the country who say they hope that the talks are resumed in a timely fashion.

Earlier, critics said there is a need for a political consensus around the peace process to make it a success.

Recently, the US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad reiterated his call on the Afghan warring parties to swiftly end the violence and agree to a political settlement to end the conflict as soon as possible.

This comes as the republic’s team continues its consultations in Kabul for the 8th day.

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