Category Archives: Reconciliation Recent Developments

Afghanistan- Peace process should be on top as presidential election means war for at least 5-year more: Masoud – MENAFN

KABUL: A former aide to the erstwhile president has said that settling the conflict and restoring peace must come before holding elections in bid to stop the unstoppable bloodshed.

Shahzada Masoud said this in an interview with Afghanistan Times on Sunday, where he put peace process on top because presidential polls invite wars for at least five years more.

Everyday there is casualty from both Afghan security forces and the Taliban fighters plus civilians, he said. ‘This war has to be ended and sought for accelerating of peace process to end the bloodshed.’

‘We are not opposing the election; it is one of important pillars of democracy, but currently there is intense …. Read More on MENAFN 

Inching towards Afghan reconciliation – TRT world

There is no better time for peace than now in Afghanistan.

The most recent round of intense negotiations between the United States and the Taliban reflects how serious all parties are about achieving peace in Afghanistan. The fact that the talks in Doha continued into the first week of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan hints that both parties want to achieve concrete results. It is encouraging that both sides have indicated slow but steady progress toward resolving one of the most intractable conflicts in contemporary times.

Overall, the process that started in autumn has moved toward a convergence of views on two issues: the parties have agreed on the withdrawal of US forces in return for Taliban guarantees to prevent the use of Afghan soil for terrorist activities against Washington and its allies. The details have yet to be ironed out in a workable peace agreement.

Election Planning Must Go Forward: Khalilzad – Tolo News

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad on Saturday reacted to a number of “comments” on priorities of the United States in Afghanistan. 

Khalilzad said in a tweet that in recent days, a few commentators have raised questions about the US’s priorities in Afghanistan. 

“A peace process that delivers a political settlement is the priority,” Khalilzad clarified. 

He added that Afghans want peace above all but wanting peace does not preclude them from demanding preparations for a credible presidential election. 

“Election planning must go forward as we pursue the peace Afghans deserve,” he said. 

Eighteen presidential candidates are running in the upcoming elections …. Read More on Tolo News

Can China Drive the Afghan Peace Process? – The Diplomat

The war in Afghanistan has wreaked more havoc than anyone could have imagined when it began over 18 years ago. Today, the country faces one of the biggest humanitarian crises ever witnessed, where the problem of displacement caused by constant fighting has been compounded by the conditions of severe drought. Persistent calls for peace have been drowned out by the sound of incessant fighting and endless bombings. The Taliban, the foremost perpetrator of insurgent violence in country, have gone from a movement opposing the depredations of Afghan warlords in the early 1990s, to ruling Afghanistan, to resurrecting as an insurgency to be reckoned with. Now they are now negotiating the future of Afghanistan with the United States, with no sign of Afghan government involvement in the process. Regardless, violence continues unabated, and in fact has intensified manifold since the announcement of the Taliban’s annual spring offensive earlier this year.

At a time when the coalition of Afghan and U.S. forces is failing to contain the violence, humanitarian aid organizations are becoming … Read More on The Diplomat

Women’s participation in conflict prevention and resolution – Pakistan Today

  • Peace is likelier if women are part of the process

By Mehreen Shoukat 

Recurrent and emerging armed conflicts, expanded terrorist and extremist networks, increased targeting of civilians, and record levels of mass displacement have harmed global security in the 21st century. Standard peacemaking methods have proved ineffective at addressing these trends: nearly half of the conflict resolution agreements forged during the 1990s failed within five years. With 90 percent of civil wars in the 2000s occurring in countries that had already experienced civil war during the previous 30 years, new thinking on peace and security is needed.

A growing body of research suggests that standard peace and security processes routinely overlook a critical strategy that could reduce conflict and advance stability, such as inclusion of women. Many evidences indicate that women’s participation in … Read More on Pakistan Today

HPC Continues Efforts To Facilitate Intra-Afghan Talks – Tolo News

The High Peace Council (HPC) has started fresh efforts to facilitate direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban while critics continue to see Kabul as a “main obstacle” for the peace process.

“The High Peace Council is continuing its efforts to facilitate direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban,” said Jawed Ahmad Ghafoor, the HPC spokesman.

Last week, US chief negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad wrapped up the sixth round of his talks with senior Taliban members in Doha with steady but slow progress as he later described.

The Afghan government proposed two lists, one for 22 individuals for negotiating team and a list of 37 members for the Reconciliation Leadership Council. The council, the government said, will play the role …. Read More on Tolo News

Does Qatar have more influence over the Taliban, than Pakistan? – Geo TV

As the sixth round of the Taliban-US peace talks ended in Qatar, on May 9, without making any real headway, the question being asked is what will it take to nudge the two sides, particularly the Taliban, to achieve a breakthrough in the protracted negotiations?

Another frequent question, that continues to beg an answer, is whether Pakistan has enough influence over the Taliban, to push them towards a peace deal with the US as well as agree to direct talks with the Afghan government? Or does the small Gulf state of Qatar, the venue of the Taliban-US talks that began in July 2018, and the place where the Taliban Political Commission is based since 2010, enjoys more clout to persuade the Taliban?

As for the US, there is not much any country can do to influence Washington to change its …. Read More on Geo TV

How to end Afghanistan war as longest conflict moves towards fragile peace – The Conversation

The longest-running war appears to be coming to an end.

The Taliban has been running an armed rebellion in Afghanistan since being dislodged from power in a US-led invasion following September 11 2001. Recent high-level negotiations between the two sides in the 18-year war did not produce a breakthrough, but “significant progress”, leading to “improved” conditions for peace.

The fact that the primary belligerents, the Taliban and the United States, are talking directly is essential. Any peaceful pathway going forwards without their direct involvement is impossible. But to end the killing, all sides are going to have to give up … Read More on The Conversation