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Taliban Not Living up to Commitments: Afghan Gov’t

Following the UN Security Council’s recent report, Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said the Taliban were not living up to their commitments and that the United Nations and international agencies should force the insurgent group to cut ties with terrorist groups and agree to ceasefire.

Mansoor Yousufzai
8 Feb 2021
Taliban Not Living up to Commitments: Afghan Gov’t

According to the UN new report, Taliban still have close ties with al Qaeda, the Islamic State and its affiliated groups, the Foreign Ministry referred to in its statement.

Gran Hewad, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, spoke to TKG, saying that Taliban were not living up to their commitments under an agreement signed last year between the insurgent group and the United States and have increased violence since then.

“Taliban were not committed to the the agreement they signed with the United States, and they have increased violence,” he said. “Conditions should have been provided for peace, but have not.”

Experts and analysts, however, look differently at remarks by international organizations, the peace process and the Taliban officials’ trips to countries in the region.

Ajmal Hotak, political analyst, said the peace process would have no outcome unless countries in the region, including Pakistan, stop supporting terrorist groups.

Afghans themselves should step up efforts, he said, adding they should share their concern with the international agencies that the tragedy is no longer acceptable to them.

Hameed Azizi, Kabul-based international affairs expert, on the other hand, said that Afghanistan has less attention of the United States and the Afghan government is trying to draw it back.

There are some certain circles [spoilers] in the government, according to Mr. Azizi, who are trying to thwart peace efforts.

Sayed Akbar Agha, former official in the Taliban group, said with reference to UN’s report that an Islamic system is not bearable to the world. He said that he does not think al Qaeda is present in Afghanistan.

The negotiating sides should agree to set at the negotiation table, Akbar Agha said. The war-torn nation should be allowed to take part in those talks, he added.

The second round of the peace negotiations which began early January this year has become stalled since nearly three weeks.

Negotiators representing the Islamic Republic blame the Taliban for getting busy visiting countries in the region and refraining to set at the negotiation table to end the long-decades war and bloodshed.

 

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