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Only Afghan-led process can bring peace to Afghanistan: US -DAWN News

WASHINGTON: The United States has noted Afghanistan’s absence from the three-nation Afghan peace talks held in Moscow last week but hoped the meeting would lead to peace.

Pakistan, China and Russia held the three-ways talks in Moscow but failed to invite Afghanistan, earning a strong protest from Kabul.

At a news briefing in Washington on Tuesday afternoon, State Department spokesman John Kirby said the United States recognised Afghanistan’s right to hold all negotiations with other nations on issues that concerned the… Read More on DAWN News

Taliban: Peace Talks Not Possible Until Foreign ‘Occupation’ of Afghanistan Ends -VOANews.com

ISLAMABAD — The Taliban has rejected latest United Nations calls for engaging in peace talks with the Afghan government, and instead demanded the world body pressure U.S.-led foreign troops to end their “occupation” of Afghanistan if the U.N. truly wants an end to the 15-year war.

“Our fight is for independence, and as long as foreign occupation forces are present here (in Afghanistan) any talk about peace and reconciliation is meaningless,” Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, told VOA Friday.

He was responding to a renewed call for Afghan peace talks earlier this week by Tadamichi Yamamoto, who heads the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, or UNAMA.

In his quarterly briefing to the Security Council in New York on Monday, Yamamoto urged the Taliban to enter into direct talks with the Kabul government, without preconditions, to prevent further bloodshed in the country.

“We all know that the conflict in Afghanistan has no military solution. The Taliban leadership must reconsider the notion that their objectives can only be achieved on the battlefield,” noted the UNAMA chief.

However, the Taliban spokesman insisted that all parties interested in resolving Afghanistan’s problems should pressure on foreign forces to leave Afghanistan and let its people decide the kind of governing system they need for their country.

“Afghans neither like a foreign-imposed regime nor do they accept presence of foreign forces in their country,” he said, citing presence of American and NATO in… Read More on voanews.com

APPROACHES TO A SHARED FUTURE – PEACE AND RECONCILIATION CONFERENCE IN EU TODAY – European Union External Action Services

The EU Delegation in Afghanistan yesterday hosted a conference on “APPROACHES TO A SHARED FUTURE”, which was opened by Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and EU Special Representative Ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin.

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US support to Afghan-led reconciliation efforts can bring stability to Afghanistan: Blog -Associated Press of Pakistan (APP)

US support to Afghan-led reconciliation efforts can bring stability to Afghanistan: Blog “-app.com.pk”

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (APP): War and military operations are not effective solutions for lasting peace in Afghanistan, and US support to Afghan-led reconciliations efforts can contribute to stability in the war-torn country, according to a blog by an Afghan student studying in an American University.
The blog published in the online political magazine The Hill, supported reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan and said that Afghanistan and the United States needed Pakistan’s cooperation in the reconciliation process.
The article drew attention to a resurgent Taliban and the emerging threats from ISIL offshoot, ISIL-Khorasan Province (ISIL-KP), and said
that Afghan security forces were stretched thin fighting on multiple fronts.
As the new administration is taking shape under president-elect Donald Trump, the writer asked the United States to reconsider its strategy. “War and military operations are not effective solutions for long lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan. Negotiation and reconciliation, however… Read More on app.com.pk

The role of the U.S. in Afghan-Taliban peace talks BY Maria Faraz -The Hill

A resurgent Taliban is threatening to overrun a substantial part of Afghanistan and is just 200 miles away from Kabul. An ISIL offshoot, ISIL-Khorasan Province (ISIL-KP), is emerging in the east. Afghan security forces are stretched thin fighting on multiple fronts. The war is pulling American troops back into combat: The United States sees no way out of Afghanistan.

As the new administration is taking shape under president-elect Donald Trump, it is time for the U.S. to reconsider its strategy. War and military operations are not effective solutions for long lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan. Negotiation and reconciliation, however, could bring peace. By supporting an Afghan-led, and Afghan-owned, peace and national reconciliation process, the U.S. can bring an end to its longest war, and contribute to peace and… Read More on “The Hill”

Iran ready for help on Afghan peace process – Daily Times

ISLAMABAD: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday said that his country was ready to cooperate with Pakistan on peace process in Afghanistan.

The visiting dignitary told a press conference on the conclusion of his two-day tour that Tehran fully agreed to a proposal by Islamabad for holding trilateral talks among Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan on the peace dialogue. “Peace and stability is vital for Afghanistan. We are ready to do whatever we can to help achieve peace and security there,” he said.

President Rouhani said that he and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had specifically discussed the Afghan issue during Friday talks.

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Afghan peace process: Desperation versus strength


The general weariness of the Afghan conflict provides the necessary push for finding a viable peace settlement.

 

Beijing sees the conflict as a typical civil war, a position that is closer to some US pundits and British diplomats who describe it as a tribal warfare among the unruly Afghans, writes Moradian [source:Aljazeerawebsite}

On February 23, diplomats from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States will meet in Kabul for the fourth round of talks aimed at bringing respite to a troubled land. This quadrilateral process is the latest effort in the long and arduous journey towards an Afghan peace settlement. The pursuit of peace is almost as old as the Afghan conflict itself.

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Die vergessenen Flüchtlinge

Die Eroberung von Kundus rückt Afghanistan wieder stärker in den Fokus, nachdem der Konflikt dort in den vergangenen Jahren von Syrien überschattet zu werden schien.

Experten warnen, dass mit dem Vormarsch der Taliban auch mehr afghanische Flüchtlinge nach Europa kommen werden. Schon im  Read More… 

 

 

 

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The Hidden Hand- Foreign Influence on Afghan Elections

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Comments on the Taliban statement at Kyoto Conference

  1. It confirms the expectation that the Taliban would use the platform created through Qatar and the international launching of the political commission to conduct political propaganda/communications on behalf of the movement. It is primarily a re-launch of the movement on the world stage and only secondarily a move towards “reconciliation”.