President Ashraf Ghani says comprehensive ceasefire is a top priority for Afghan people. [Photo: Archive]

KABUL, Afghanistan – Speaking at the 75th UN General Assembly through a video conference on Wednesday, President Ashraf Ghani said “Afghan people have a clear and urgent priority: a ceasefire, adding an urgent end to the violence will, more than anything else, give us a change to progress.”

Reflecting on the release of Taliban prisoner as one of the toughest decisions, Ghani said, “we have demonstrated the commitment, compassion and courage to take hard decisions to start direct peace talks with the Taliban.” 

The role of the United Nations in standing “for our shared values throughout the peace process is absolutely critical,” he said as TOLOnews quoted. “…and we thank the United Nations for their support so far throughout this arduous process. We thank the UN for their call for a global ceasefire.”

“The role of the UN and our international partners and allies will continue to be extremely important as our negotiating team sits across from the Taliban in Doha,” he added said. 

“We are living, dying inside the 5th wave of global terrorism in which global terrorist networks are closely linked with global criminal networks, making warfare totally unconventional and peace-building even more of a challenge,” he exclaimed.

Ghani’s remarks came a time Afghan negotiators are struggling to finalize an agenda that could lead to a potential peace deal with the Taliban delegations in Qatari capital Doha.

The negotiations in Doha have made slow progress over the past 13 days in spite contact groups meeting every now and then, as they discuss the 20-article rules and regulations for the peace negotiations.  

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  • Muhammad Arif Sheva holds a B.A degree in Journalism from Int'l Peace Leadership College Rizal, Philippines. Sheva works as an editor and content writer for Khaama Press.