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Peace is victory to all

14 Jul 2019 Afghanistan Times

Here is complete transcript of former deputy foreign

minister, Ersahd Ahmadi’s remarks in Intra-Afghan Conference, held in Doha of

Qatar from 7th to 8th July.

In the name of God!

With greetings to the distinguished attendees and the

participants of today’s meeting, at the outset I would like to express my

gratitude from two friendly states—Germany and Qatar for arranging such an

important and historic events.

Like all respectable participants, I also hope that the

process of this important and historic meeting, will be an agreement on how to

achieve peace and security in our dear country, Afghanistan.

Fortunately, today all aspects in general and the Afghan

masses in particular, not only want peace and security, but also have become

more promising and determined for its restoration than any other time.

Dear participants.

Today’s Afghanistan is utterly changed from what it was in

1990, and it’s necessary for us to look at modern Afghan society based on facts

on the ground. There are many new and undeniable trends and if have a glance in

today’s Afghan society, and also the personalities that are here today, can be

considered as a good example of it.

From civil rights to freedom of speech, child rights,

women’s rights and human rights, familiar with the principles and standards of

citizenship rights, women’s access to education and the right to work and the

right to economic, political and social activities, respect for repression and

the effectiveness of public opinion in political processes, are something that

cannot be ignored or thinking of lowering it.

The result of peace must be in preferred to expand and

strengthen these opportunities so that our people across the country, can enjoy

all human rights.

In our today’s society, Taliban group is also an irrefutable

fact, and their presence in today’s meeting reflect this. Therefore, no party

can deny or ignore each presence in today’s Afghan society.

Dear participants,

From my point of view, to create a common future, the

principles as a following are fundamental:

1. Reeducation in violence and a comprehensive ceasefire can

be considered as first step to be entered into formal debates. On the one hand,

it increases the people’s confidence over seriousness of negotiations and, on

the other hand, prevents the casualties and consequences that war and violence

bring out.

2. To achieve peace and find a comprehensive and inclusive

solution, neither it shows defeat of one side nor victory of the other! But these

are all aspects of victory.

3. The diversity of Afghan society must be accepted as an

irrefutable principle, and rather it should be used as an opportunity. Respecting

the diversity of the society and referring to the will of the nation is the

only solution to the problems that exist in the country and in the future this

principle and the right to decide upon the will of the nation, must be


4- The already existing institutions that have been

established in the past 18 years, should be further strengthened in order to

provide better service and remain responsive.

5- Partnership and participation of the Taliban group in

political processes and structures, are key and important issue that should be

addressed simultaneously with the inclusion of the Taliban in their involvement

in social, political, cultural, security and economic activities.

6- Managing quarrels at transition stage is not an easy

task. Several decades of war, especially the wars of the past two decades, have

led to conflicts to different corners and parts of the country. These

disagreements must be subdued and seriously prevented from its re-emergence

that would break peace opportunity that has been created at the moment.

7- The solution is to shorten the hands of foreigners from

interfering in our country’s internal affairs, and rather to provide ground for

regional cooperation instead of competition. Promoting regional cooperation

that could help bring welfare to the people, could be one of the most important

guarantors of peace and security at the national and regional levels.   

8- Afghanistan can’t live in isolation. We must maintain

equal and mutual beneficial relations with the whole world. And I call upon the

world to help us in reaching a durable stability.

Respectful participants.

Many of us come from Kabul. A capital city that recently

witnessed a huge blast. The explosion had taken many innocent lives of our

compatriots. And severely others, including children received injures and are

in Kabul hospitals, struggling between life and death.

War, whether in Kabul, in provinces or in rural areas, has

always have a very bad consequence, which the most unfortunate of it, is the

civilian casualties, and the destruction of infrastructures.

However, now we have reached a stage where civilian and

military casualties, from both sides, are not acceptable and tolerable. We must

feel each other’s pain, and have mutual sympathy and shared understanding of

each other’s.

The intensification of war, either form the Taliban or from

NATO and Afghan forces, have severely damage the peace process that needs to be

halted in immediate move. 

I hope that today’s meeting would be end of preliminary

discussion and entering to actual intra-Afghan negotiations to bring the long

desire of peace and tranquility to the people of Afghanistan.

At the end, I am grateful to the attention of the

distinguished participants, and once again express my gratitude from organizers

of this historic meeting.

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