February 07, 2018

Afghan peace talks a complicated process: Aimal Faizi

By Meena Haseeb - Thu Feb 07 2013, 12:14 pm

Afghan peace talks a complicated process Aimal FaiziAfghan presidential palace spokesman Aimal Faizi has said that certain nations are struggling to control Afghan peace process in a bid to gain political benefits from the talks.

Mr. Faizi did not disclose further details regarding the exact nation looking to gain control over Afghan peace talks however his gesture was probably towards neighboring Pakistan. In an interview with the Radio Free Europe (RFE) Aimal Faizi described Afghan peace talks a very complicated process.

He said, “Apparently we are holding talks with the Taliban group but practically other nations are also having role behind the Afghan peace process. Unfortunately a number of the nations want to gain benefits from Afghan peace talks and have control over the process.”

However Mr. Faizi emphasized that the Afghan government will step up efforts to start an Afghan led peace negotations with militants.

Aimal Faizi’s comments are followed after a trilateral summit hosted by British prime minister David Cameron in London where the three leaders agreed to include Taliban group in Afghan peace process within the next six months.

But the Taliban group in Afghanistan dismissed the outcome of the summit.

In the meantime former US ambassador to Afghanistan also insisted that the Afghan war will not be ended unless Taliban group does not join peace process.

Former US ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald E. Neumann following an interview with The Voice of America (VOA) said Pakistan does not have full control over the Taliban group.

He said, “I think Pakistan’s agreement is very important and it will be very difficult if Pakistan does not agree to reach a peace agreement. I don’t think Pakistan will have a complete control to implement peace without Taliban since the two parties are important.”

However political analysts argue with Neumann’s remarks and believe that Pakistan is supporting the Taliban group since they would not be able to continue to their fight for almost a decade without Islamabad’s support.

In the meantime Afghanistan, Pakistan and United Kingdom during the trilateral summit also agreed with the Taliban liaison office in Qatar.

The three leaders however emphasized that the office will only be used for peace talks between Taliban group and Afghan high peace council.

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