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British lawmakers insist on Afghan-led peace talks with Taliban

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Taliban liaison office QatarA group of British lawmakers following a report insisted on Afghan-led peace deal with the Taliban group in a bid to secure the future of Afghanistan following British troops withdrawal.

The lawmakers also warned that failure to do so could lead to civil war in Afghanistan.

Lawmakers in United Kingdom’s defense select commit also added that UK had a responsibility to use its influence to “make Afghanistan work” after 2014.

This comes as British defense secretary on Tuesday announced that the last group of Royal Marine commando unit will leave Afghanistan as part of the British troops planned withdrawal from the country.

Defense secretary Philip Hammon also said that  UK would help Afghans to reach “a sustainable political settlement”.

In the meantime British lawmakers report focused on the planned withdrawal of UK combat troops at the end of 2014 and the transfer of responsibilities to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

The lawmakers in their report also insisted on an open and free elections and on appropriate training and equipment of Afghan security forces with continued financial support.

The defense committee also emphasized on a strong judicial system in a bid to protect human rights in country besides continued development aid and immediate steps to tackle corruption and the drug trade.

The MPs in their report highlighted significant gaps in the capabilities of the ANSF in areas such as helicopters and close air support and medical care.

Committee chairman James Arbuthnot quoted by BBC said, “We have received starkly opposing predictions for Afghanistan’s outlook, post 2014.

“The fact is that the UK has limited influence. Indeed, it is for the Afghan people themselves to determine their own future.

“However, the UK and its international partners must show the Afghan people that they will abide by their obligations to continue to support them in their efforts.”

The MPs said they had received “very little” information about the involvement of the Ministry of Defence and the UK Foreign Office in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

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