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On Peace Day, Abdullah asks Taliban to reconcile

On Peace Day, Abdullah asks Taliban to reconcile

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Sep 21, 2017 - 17:33

KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday said unity and co-existence could help the people of Afghanistan achieve durable peace and stability in their country.

Addressing a gathering marking International Peace Day here, the CEO said the mindset regarding peace needed to be changed and both the warring sides should consider peace talks and the entire process “a win-win deal.”

Abdullah said different views regarding the peace process would never help achieve the target, saying appropriate circumstances were needed for peace.

The CEO also asked neighboring countries to shun their support for terrorist groups and stop investing on fueling the conflict in Afghanistan.

“Daesh is a threat to Afghanistan and the region, but it is not a solution to strengthen one group against another which is already in conflict with the people of Afghanistan,” the CEO believed.

He added the continuation of the conflict would give birth to more terrorists and non state actors in the region.

Abdullah said the environment for the success of peace talks in Afghanistan was well-established as he referred to the historic peace agreement with the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA). The CEO hailed the reintegration of the HIA in the mainstream and termed it a positive step.

“Peace talks is a win-win situation for the parties involved, no party can get all its demands met midway and there should be commitment to achieving the goal,” he said, while referring to the Taliban.

High Peace Council (HPC) chairman Mohammad Karim Khalili asked militants to renounce violence and adopt the path of peace and talks. He said fighting had no future and nothing could be achieved though violence.

“Problems inside the HPC have been recently resolved and people should not expect peace in a moth because it is a lengthy process.”

He termed peace a priority and national need and asked the international community to help Afghanistan in this regard.

Senate chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar also asked militants to join the peace process and renounce violence. He hailed sacrifices of security forces and asked people to give them respect.

Muslimyar demanded the HPC help resolve ethnic issues and discrimination besides its efforts to bring militants to the negotiating table.

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