Following the prolonged Afghan peace process and recent discussions, the Afghan government demand for a ceasefire and reiterated that a reduction of violence accepted by the Taliban is neither practical nor a promising solution to the ongoing crisis.
Mr. Sediq Sediqqi, the presidential spokesperson, said in his remarks that “a ceasefire is a preliminary step for peace negotiations planned by the Afghan government. However, the reduction of violence is not acceptable for the people and state at any cost. The generic demand jointly proposed by the people, and the Afghan government is to stop killing and terrorizing civilians.”
Sediqqi further added, “a ceasefire is temporary and has an international precedent which tries to pave the way for greater dialogs and discussions to end the violence once and for all between the different parties.”
Meanwhile, the Afghan government insists on the clarity of the proposed plan and the Taliban’s commitment to the peace negotiations, which is highly demanded by the ordinary Afghans for many years.
In the meantime, Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special has been in Qatar over the past week and has held an informal meeting with Taliban deputy leader Abdul Ghani Baradar to facilitate peace talks, its terms and conditions.