Category Archives: Reconciliation Recent Developments

Over 200 rebels surrender to Afghan government -xinhuanet

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan, April 1 (Xinhua) — More than 200 rebels affiliated with the Taliban group laid down arms and surrendered to the government in the northern Afghan province of Balkh on Saturday, said a provincial source.

“The armed men joined peace and reconciliation process in Chimtal district, following calls by provincial Governor Atta Mohammad Noor and provincial peace officials and mediation of the local elders,” the source told Xinhua anonymously.

The former militants were active in mountainous district and among the surrendered people were their commanders named… Read More on xinhuanet

Reconciliation is the Only Path to Peace in Afghanistan By Ambassador Abdullah Abdulrahman Alim – The Deplomat

Afghanistan can have a bright future, but it has to start with political reconciliation.

In early March five Pakistani soldiers were killed in Taliban attacks on checkpoints along the border. The attacks followed a veritable massacre the previous week in the Afghan capital of Kabul, where near-simultaneous Taliban suicide bombings were followed by drawn-out shooting match Afghan security forces. The gruesome episode left at least 16 people dead and over 100 wounded.

This is the routine carnage wreaking havoc across… Read More on The Deplomat

AFGHAN-LED RECONCILIATION PROCESS ENSURES PEACE IN AFGHANISTAN: AIZAZ CHAUDHARY – Radio Pakistan

Pakistan Ambassador to US, Aizaz Chaudhary said peace in Afghanistan is Pakistan’s foremost priority and in its best interest.

 

Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Chaudhary has said Afghan-led reconciliation process can ensure peace in Afghanistan.

Addressing a seminar in Washington, he said peace in Afghanistan is Pakistan’s foremost priority and in its best interest.

The Ambassador said cordial relations between Pakistan and the United States are in the best interest of both the countries.

He also highlighted Pakistan’s role and sacrifices in the war against terrorism.

Ambassador Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry also attended Luncheon round table by US Pakistan Business Council (USPBC).
While addressing at USPBC, Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry said that economics, commercial &… Read More on Radio Pakistan

Peace talks the way forward in Afghanistan: Pakistan – Pajhwok Afghan News

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): A US-based Pakistani diplomat, accusing the Ashraf Ghani administration of adopting a hostile approach to Islamabad, on Wednesday said blaming Pakistan for all the ills in Afghanistan was unlikely to bring peace and stability to the region.

A resolution to the Afghan problem lies in reconciliation and not in a military solution, Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry told a Washington audience, as he proposed a five-point solution to the Afghanistan conundrum.

He proposed talks between the two governments, resumption of the reconciliation process and an effective border management. “We believe there is no military solution. We have to have a track which is political in nature and brings all stakeholders together…”

In his address to the US Institute of Peace, a Washington DC-based think-tank that is primarily funded by the Congress, the ambassador… Read More on Pajhwok Afghan News

The Art of a Deal With the Taliban – New York Times

An Afghan security official during an operation against Taliban militants in Laghman province, Afghanistan, this month. Credit Ghulamullah Habibi/European Pressphoto Agency

WASHINGTON — This year, America’s war in Afghanistan will pass a grim milestone as it surpasses the Civil War in duration, as measured against the final withdrawal of Union forces from the South. Only the conflict in Vietnam lasted longer. United States troops have been in Afghanistan since October 2001 as part of a force that peaked at nearly 140,000 troops (of which about 100,000 were American) and is estimated to have cost the taxpayers at least $783 billion.

Despite this heavy expenditure, the United States commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., recently called for a modest troop increase to prevent a deteriorating… Read More on NYtimes

Russia Urges Direct Peace Talks With Taliban -Tolo News

Meanwhile, the Afghan government has said that it is waiting to see if Moscow adopts serious measures against countries sponsoring terrorism

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed deep concerns over the continuing deterioration in security in Afghanistan, suggesting that the Afghan government and the Taliban must engage in direct peace talks to end the ongoing turmoil.

In a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday, Putin said that Moscow warmly welcomes Iran’s involvement in promoting direct peace and reconciliation talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban… Read More on Tolo News

Peace in Afghanistan is possible – Pajhwok Afghan News

Today the European Union will mark 60 years since the signature of the Rome Treaties. Since then the citizens of our Member States have enjoyed six decades of unprecedented peace, prosperity and security. The contrast to the first half of the 20th Century could not be greater. Two catastrophic wars in Europe between 1914 and 1945 left millions dead, and a continent devastated, divided and prostrate. European integration has been the most successful peace project in our history.

The European Union has been engaged in Afghanistan for decades and the European Union and its Member States are the largest donors in Afghanistan. Coming out of the very successful Brussels Conference on Afghanistan in October 2016 we will continue to be so until 2020.

Over the last 60 years Europe has proved that there is an alternative to war. This is also the case here in Afghanistan. Looking into … Read More on Pajhwok Afghan News

Pakistan to attend Afghan peace conference in Russia next month -Daily Times

FO says not decided yet on what level Pakistan will participate in the conference and whether Afghan Taliban will attend the moot or not

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria on Friday said Pakistan would participate in a multinational peace conference on Afghanistan, which was scheduled to be held in Russia next month.

At a weekly press briefing, the spokesman said it had not yet been decided on what level Pakistan would participate in the conference. He said it was not clear whether Afghan Taliban would attend the moot or not. “Pakistan will continue its efforts for the establishment of peace in Afghanistan,” he said.

The spokesman said Pakistan had decided to open its borders with Afghanistan as a ‘goodwill gesture’, adding that… Read More on Daily Times

Pakistan to attend Moscow moot on Afghan peace – Dawn

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has confirmed that Pakistan will attend a meeting of 12 countries on April 14 in Moscow, which is aimed at developing a regional approach for peace in Afghanistan.

The level of participation would be decided later, FO spokesman Nafees Zakaria said at a weekly media briefing here on Thursday. Pakistan, he recalled, had been actively participating in… Read More on Dawn

Taliban Denies Talks With Pakistan on Afghan Peace Prospects – voanews

FILE – Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the group would be ready for peace talks with the United States, if their demands were met.

ISLAMABAD — Afghanistan’s Taliban disputes media reports that its representatives recently visited neighboring Pakistan and discussed with officials there the prospect of holding direct peace talks with Kabul.

The Taliban have long refused to hold direct talks with the Afghan government, calling it a “puppet” of the United States.

“We strongly reject [the media reports] because none of our leaders has traveled to Islamabad, nor has he met with any official there,” Zabihullah Mujahid, the insurgency’s main spokesman, told VOA Friday.

But he did not outright deny… Read More on voanews