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US peace envoy urges Taliban to agree to ceasefire

15 Apr 2019 1TV News

2019-04-15 | 1 minute ago

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad on Monday urged the Taliban to agree to a ceasefire.

The call come as the Taliban have announced launch of their annual spring offensive despite holding several rounds of talks with the US negotiator.

“The US entered peace talks because more war is not the answer. During talks I’ve proposed ways to reduce violence. By refusing to work with us to end the killing, the Talibs are prolonging it. Let Afghan people judge whether Talib statements encouraging more violence is way forward,” Khalilzad said on Twitter.

“The quickest way to prevent casualties is to agree to a ceasefire. Taliban senior leadership should allow their representatives to come to the table and discuss. I will continue to press the case,” the diplomat said.

Khalilzad rejected also Taliban claim that the war in Afghanistan has been imposed by the US.

“We did not impose this war. Afghanistan has been at war for decades, at times with each other. Tens of thousands of innocent civilians have died. Rather than another season of fighting, Afghans are demanding a new way forward,” Khalilzad said.

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