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Peace must be Inclusive but Not based on Deals among Elites

12 Mar 2019 Did Press Agency

Afghan NSA Hamdullah Mohib said at the UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan that Peace is imperative and needed urgently, but not at any cost.

Afghan NSA Hamdullah Mohib said at the UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan that Peace is imperative and needed urgently, but not at any cost.

Speaking at the UNSC meeting on Monday night, Mr Mohib stressed that “the Constitution must be respected in the peace process, as well as the democratic state and elected government it constitutes”.

“The process must be inclusive and representative of the new Afghanistan, not a deal made between elites,” he added.

According to him, the Afghan government and the Afghan people have made commitments to peace. Now it is up to the Taliban to prove their commitment. They have so far failed to seize opportunities for peace. Yet we stand ready to engage in direct talks.

“If the Taliban genuinely want peace, they should demonstrate it through positive deeds, not by continued attacks against innocent people and our security forces,” he continued.

Afghan NSA asked international partners to see Afghanistan as a platform for regional and global cooperation, not just for mutual economic benefit but also for shared objectives for peace and stability.

“Afghanistan has undergone an era of social transformation — 75% of our population are under the age of 35, have grown up in a democracy, and have a different set of expectations and principles than their parents and grandparents’ generations,” he added.

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