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Editorial: Afghan-own, Afghan led solution

11 Jul 2019 Afghanistan Times

Expressing satisfaction over the US brokered peace process

in Afghanistan, a number of Afghan politicians believe progress is there

between the United States and the Taliban, and hopefully it is one that will

ensure lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan. they time and gain made it

clear that the peace process “must be fully Afghan-owned and Afghan-led,” which

would yield positive, fruitful and durable results. As peace talks between the

Taliban and the United States have entered the 7th round, Afghan elites have

stressed that transparency in negotiations will immensely help the process

evolve. The U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad

concluded the latest round of talks with the Taliban negotiators a few days ago

in Qatar. He was cited by reports as saying that the Afghans are closer to

reaching peace than any time in the past. Peace process is aimed at return of

everlasting peace and end to violence whereas the two sides are discussing ways

and means to guarantee halt to terrorism and a phased pulling US troops out of

Afghanistan. Lauding efforts made to push for national reconciliation and bring

about peace in Afghanistan, such as the two-day intra-Afghan dialogue opened on

Sunday in Qatar’s capital Doha with the presence of a 17-member negotiating

team from the Taliban, which showed there is already some format of

negotiations going on (between the Taliban and the government). Of course,

what’s needed is eventually, and hopefully as soon as possible, talks between

the Afghan government and the Taliban to start which only the way to move

forward. As the United States prepares to exit Afghanistan, we seek a solution

in a manner that will allow the Taliban to be part of the Afghan political system.

So it will be a settlement rather than a takeover. It should be the Taliban

re-entry the Afghan politics with all the Afghans, and that is what we should

be making sure. Recently the eighth World Peace Forum, held on July 8-9 in

Beijing and organized by Tsinghua University in partnership with the Chinese

People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs, is a non-governmental seminar focusing

on international security topics. Former President Hamid Karzai attend the

format, stressing for Afghan-owned peace process. Like of US, Russian

Federation and other stakeholders, China Republic is also showing much more

interests in early resolution of conflict in Afghanistan. For the purpose,

Chinese high ups are in close contacts with several stakeholders including

US. Soon after concluding the 7th round of his talks with Taliban in Doha,

Khalilzad had made a trip to Beijing whereas he held talks with the Chinese

authorities. The participants the 8th World Peace Forum also exchanged views on

stock of proposals to help in settlement to Afghan conflict. Chinese

authority’s role in implementation of Doha Afghan Conference declaration and

helping Dr. Khalilzad lead peace process deserves appreciation.

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