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Experts hope ‘Kabul Process’ to yield positive results

Experts hope ‘Kabul Process’ to yield positive results

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Jun 07, 2017 - 20:43

KABUL (Pajhwok): Political experts say international pressure on states supporting terrorism is needed to force the Taliban into arriving at the negotiation table.

The first meeting of the ‘Kabul Process’ participated by representatives from 25 countries and international organizations was held in capital Kabul on Tuesday. The aim of the Kabul Process is peace establishment and counterterrorism.

President Ghani, who addressed Tuesday’s Kabul Process conference, said: “We give a chance to peace, it should be clear that this chance is not forever, this is the last chance for the Taliban to join the peace process.”

Moein Mrastial, a political expert, called the Kabul Process as different from other conferences, saying there were hopes the Kabul Process would yield positive result.

He said most of the meetings about peace negotiations held outside Afghanistan were led and managed by others and thus no good results. “Fortunately the management, leadership, ownership and implementation of decisions of the Kabul Process rest with the Afghan government, which would be more effective.”

He said the Afghan government was paving the ground for a major regional consensus on peace and stability in the country. “If the issues discussed in the Kabul Process are followed up, it would have great results for future.”

The experts believed if countries sponsoring terrorism stopped aiding the Taliban and did not create hurdles to the Afghan peace process, it was likely the Taliban show willingness in opening an office and negotiating with the Afghan government like the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan did.

Abdul Shokor Salangi, another analyst, also held similar views, calling the Kabul Process a significant development.

He said if the conference decisions were followed and global powers and insurgents participated in the process, the war would decrease.

“The Taliban are willing to enter peace dialogue with the Afghan government; but due to foreign pressures, they couldn’t directly do so.”

The political experts called talks with Taliban as “a time consuming process” and admitted some Taliban factions could be reconciled.

At the Kabul Process conference, President Ghani asked the Taliban to stop fighting and accept the Constitution, let the women get education and cut ties with terrorist groups.

Meanwhile, Syed Anwar Agha, a former Taliban official, welcomed the government offer to the Taliban to open an office in Kabul. “It is good to let the Taliban open an office, but calling it the last chance is heartbreaking.”

He suggested the unity government should establish a mechanism which should specify what topic the government wanted to talk about with the Taliban. “Such talks have benefits, but in case of no mechanism, dialogues with Taliban would be useless.”

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