Brussels meeting calls for comprehensive peace agreement in Afghanistan

BRUSSELS, Special Envoys and Special Representatives of the EU, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, the UK, the UN and the US said a sustainable peace in Afhganistan can only be achieved through a negotiated political settlement.

This came during a meeting held at EU Headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, focusing on the current status of the Afghan peace process, the EU said in a statement Wednesday.

They committed “to promote an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and to work with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Taliban, and other Afghan political and civil society leaders to reach a comprehensive and sustainable peace agreement that ends the war.” The statement urged all parties to take immediate and necessary steps to reduce violence and civilian casualties in order to create an environment conducive for peace.

Participants congratulated Germany and Qatar for co-organising the historic Intra-Afghan Peace Conference in Doha, Qatar on July 7-8, 2019 and welcomed the Resolution agreed among the Afghan participants in that event.

They stressed that any future intra-Afghan dialogues and peace conferences should build on the achievements of the intra-Afghan Peace Conference in Doha – notably by including the participation of representatives of the Government of Afghanistan, political leaders, Taliban and civil society.

They called on President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and other prominent Afghan leaders to focus immediately on preparing Afghanistan for formal Intra-Afghan Negotiations with the Taliban, including the naming of an inclusive, national negotiating team.

Source: Kuwait News Agency