Deborah Lyons, UN envoy and Head of UNAMA said Thursday, she has wrapped up consultations aimed at strengthening peace talks with Afghan parties and international partners in Doha.
UNAMA’s head in a series of tweets wrote that “there will be no pause in work to support Afghan peace negotiations.
“UN is continuing its engagement with the both Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Taliban representatives, to maintain a focus on peace efforts and the path to a just and durable peace settlement”, she added.
UNAMA on the other hand tweeted that the organization “will continue its work with Afghan women, youth, media, victims & civil society to support their vital role in the development of an inclusive peace”.
“UN will ramp up its engagement in support of an Afghan peace & end of the Afghanistan war. The UN’s impartiality & ability to convene is at the disposal of Afghans and international actors working for peace, especially regional states” UNAMA stated.
According to UNAMA “The Istanbul Conference postponement provides another opportunity for the Afghan parties to demonstrate progress in the current Doha Afghan peace negotiations. There should be no let-up in Afghan efforts to find peace”.
This comes after Turkey, the UN, and Qatar in a joint statement, announced the postponement of the scheduled conference, due to the non-participation of the Taliban in the summit.
Meanwhile, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday confirmed that a trilateral meeting between foreign ministers of Turkey, Afghanistan, and Pakistan will take place on April 23.
A “trilateral meeting between Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Afghanistan, and Pakistan will take place on 23 April 2021 in Istanbul”, the statement read.
The delegations will discuss Afghan peace process.
According to the statement “along with recent developments regarding the Afghan Peace Process, cooperation in the fields of security, energy, connectivity, and irregular migration will be discussed during the Trilateral Meeting.
“On the margins of the meeting, H.E. Çavuşoğlu will also hold bilateral meetings with his Afghan and Pakistani counterparts,”.