Afghanistan- Call For Humanitarian Ceasefire As Peace Talks Begin

  • “We have come here with the good will and good intentions to stop the 40 years of bloodshed and achieve a countrywide and lasting peace,” said Abdullah, the government’s negotiation leader
  • “We want Afghanistan to be independent, developed country and should have a form of Islamic rule, where all its citizens see themselves reflected,” said Baradar.
  • The beginning of the talks was made possible by the release of the remaining Taliban prisoners by the government on Thursday despite the opposition from France and Australia.
  • Formal negotiations are expected to begin on Monday September 14.

Delegates gather during the opening ceremony of the peace talks in Doha, Qatar. Where there was a call for a humanitarian ceasefire for the negotiation process between the Taliban and Afghan government. The government’s negotiators stated that they are aimed at getting a lasting ceasefire in the country.

The leader of the government’s negotiating team Abdullah Abdullah, at the center of photo.

“We have come here with the good will and good intentions to stop the 40 years of bloodshed and achieve a countrywide and lasting peace,” said Abdullah Abdullah, the government’s negotiating team leader and the Chairperson of Afghan’s High Council for National Reconciliation. He added that if the country’s crisis will be resolved politically and peacefully through minding the will of the people then there will be no loser.

Taliban’s negotiating leader Mullah Abdullah Ghani Baradar said that if all parties join hands and work towards ensuring peace then the country will be able to forge ahead. The Taliban’s side called for an establishment of an Islamic system. “We want Afghanistan to be independent, developed country and should have a form of Islamic rule, where all its citizens see themselves reflected,” said Baradar.

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on his part called on the negotiating team to seize the opportunity to secure peace adding that they had been provided with a golden opportunity. Pompeo added that the negotiating teams had great responsibilities on their shoulders and the whole world was watching and wishing them well.

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Zamlay Khalilzad said that the talks were a great step but the group is bound to encounter challenges in their bid to reach an amicable solution.

Leader of Taliban’s negotiation team Mullah Ghani Bardar speaking during the meeting.

Formal negotiations are expected to begin on Monday September 14. The beginning of the talks was made possible by the release of the remaining Taliban prisoners by the government on Thursday despite the opposition from and Australia.

The inmates were flown to Qatar and will be placed under house arrest during the whole process. The government’s failure to release the prisoners was a major hindrance to the peace talks which were to begin in March. The peace deal required that the government released 5,000 Taliban prisoners while the Taliban was to release 1,000 security personnel in their custody

The talks are viewed as a historic since they are the first of the kind to be held between the Taliban and government representatives. The two sides have been warring for decades that has led to loss of dozens of lives. The talks follow a peace deal between the US and the Taliban that was signed in February 29.

Besides the release of prisoners from both sides, the deal required that the American troops be withdrawn from the country and there have been reports that some of the military bases have already been shut and the troops gone back to their home country.

The opening ceremony was graced by the leader of the government’s negotiating team Abdullah Abdullah, the leader of the Taliban’s side Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg among other dignitaries some of whom attended the ceremony through video conferencing.

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Juliet Norah

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