Monthly Archives: December 2016

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”