Category Archives: Reconciliation Recent Developments

Ashot G. Sarkisian presents Formula of Peace in Afghanistan – Pakistan Christian Post

Kabul: November 24, 2017. (PCP) War in Afghanistan is the largest in the modern history and the longest international conflict in the American history involving unprecedented human victims (millions of refugees, killed and injured Afghans, deaths of thousands of soldiers of International Security Assistance Force) and tremendous financial expenses – the whole war cost almost $1 trillion. In the coming years, additional gigantic resources will be required to maintain the American forces in Afghanistan, provide healthcare, rehabilitation, pensions and disability allowances to the veterans.

As reported by Mr. John F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, US appropriations for the reconstruction of Afghanistan exceed the …. Read More on Pakistan Christian Post

Afghan Taliban to abandon violence and come to negotiating table: Maleeha Lodhi – Pak Tribune

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has called for a negotiated end to the Afghan war, claiming that neither side could “impose a military solution” on the other.

“Neither the coalition and Kabul nor the Afghan Taliban can impose a military solution on each other,” said Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi while speaking at a debate in the UN General Assembly on the situation in Afghanistan.

Arguing against the decision to continue to resort to military force in Afghanistan, she said that 16 years of war waged by the world’s most powerful forces had not secured a military solution. “The promotion of a political settlement and the pursuit of a military solution in Afghanistan are mutually…. Read More on Pak Tribune

Military force can’t bring peace to Afghanistan: Pakistan – The Nation

According Radio Pakistan , Peace in war-torn Afghanistan can only be achieved through negotiations and reconciliation, not by the continuing resort to military force , as the two approaches are “incompatible”, a top Pakistani diplomat has told the U.N. General Assembly.

“The promotion of a political settlement and the pursuit of a military solution in Afghanistan are mutually incompatible,” Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan ‘s permanent representative to the UN, said while speaking in a debate on the situation Afghanistan on Monday.

Pursuing both those options would lead to more suffering and deep instability, she added.

Pakistan has consistently proposed a political settlement as …. Read More on The Nation

Jakarta To Share Its Experiences With HPC Chief – Tolo News

The High Peace Council chairman who is visiting Indonesia will hold discussions with officials on a range of issues around the quest for peace.

The Chairman Afghanistan’s High Peace Council (HPC) Mohammad Karim Khalili is in Indonesia where he will hold discussions with high-ranking Indonesian officials including President Joko Widodo.

The Indonesian embassy in Kabul has said that the trip, from November 19 to 25, by the HPC delegates comes as part of the follow up meeting between President Ashraf Ghani and his Indonesian counterpart Widodo.

“The purpose of the visit is to have exchange of views and share lessons learnt, and reinforce both countries’ experience dealing with…. Read More on Tolo News

Transparent Elections Key to Afghanistan’s Stability: Abdullah – Tolo News

Addressing a forum in Washington the CEO said the government and election commissions are trying hard to regain the public’s trust in elections.

CEO Abdullah Abdullah has said that timely and fair  elections in Afghanistan would have a significant impact on the peace and security in the country.

Abdullah, who is in Washington, also called for more solid and comprehensive efforts to be made to ensure that the next elections are held on time and in a transparent way.

The government and the independent election commission is trying to regain public trust in elections by holding transparent and well organized polls, Abdullah said in a speech at the Special Operations Policy Forum in Washington.

“The electoral reform process started unfortunately a bit late,” he said.

However he added that the election law was now in place.

“Then there is the independent election commission of Afghanistan and the independent elections complaints commission which are in…. Read more on Tolo News

Afghan women’s political participation essential for peace, say Panjshir leaders – Reliefweb

BAZARAK – The participation of women in political processes is essential to achieving peace and countering violent extremism, stressed participants at a UN-backed event in Bazarak, the capital of the central province of Panjshir.

Attended by government officials, representatives from the department of women’s affairs and other community leaders, the event enabled participants to underscore the need for greater involvement of women in peace negotiations and political processes in the region.

“Without the involvement of women, political and decision-making processes are incomplete,” said Rahila Attayee, a member of the provincial council, stressing that the absence of women in any peace initiative is a lost opportunity.

Mahmood Hassan, head of Panjshir’s religious affairs department, underscored the importance of women’s rights across the political, economic and cultural spectrums, and …. Read More on Reliefweb

News Analysis: Regional countries could play active role in finding solution to Afghan conflict – Xinhuanet

ISLAMABAD, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) — As the United States and its Western allies do not have any plan to press for a negotiated settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan, Pakistan and regional stakeholders insist there is no military solution to the Afghan problem and a political solution is imperative for lasting peace and stability.

Regional countries including Pakistan, China, Iran, Russia and Central Asian States are engaged in diplomatic efforts to encourage peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government as their concerns are rapidly growing over the lack of progress on peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.

Analysts are of the view that the Afghan crisis has contributed towards regional instability, power struggles, regional polarization, economic degeneration…. Read More on Xinhuanet

We support Afghan-led peace process: US defense chief – Pajhwok News

BRUSSELS (Pajhwok): US defense secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday that NATO’s multifaceted support to Afghanistan shows the country is important for the alliance and they would support it.

Speaking in Brussels after attending the alliance defense ministerial meeting here, Mattis said the meeting discussed the US new strategy on the South Asia and peace in Afghanistan. He said NATO supported an Afghan-led reconciliation process.

Before Mattis, NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg told reporters the defense ministers agreed to increase the size of the…. Read More on Pajhwok News