Peace Efforts Continue

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Written by Anisa Shaheed

TOLO news

21 September 2015

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The High Peace Council (HPC) on Monday said government is still committed to forging a peace deal in war-ravaged Afghanistan and will continue to work to bring the Taliban to the peace-talk tables.

The HPC said rifts between the Taliban leadership and the infiltration of regional countries into the fray have hampered the discussions to date.

“Peace is not an easy task; it has lots of dimensions,” said Ismail Qasimyar, an HPC advisor.

“There are big interferences and big politics … We will not achieve a result until we work together,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Resolute Support Commander General John F. Campbell said NATO supports the Afghan-led peace talks and blames rifts within the Taliban for the delay in the process.

“I do agree that the peace process will take some time and I think … the peace process has to be Afghan-led,” he said.

“We will continue to see movement although it’s not announced yet on who will represent the Taliban up there because they are fragmented,” he added.

Meanwhile, the head of the National Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan, Mohammad Akbari told TOLOnews: “Efforts have been made but there have been fewer achievements. The problem in Afghanistan is not internal; it has regional and even international roots.”

“The peace talks will resume if the Taliban accepts Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as their leader,” he said.

The first round of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban was held in Muree, Pakistan, a few months ago but the second round was delayed after reports emerged of the death of the Taliban’s former leader, Mullah Omar, two years after the fact.

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http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/21496-peace-efforts-continue-hpc

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