KABUL: The Taliban have categorically dismissed President Ashraf Ghani’s news peace proposal, arguing that the Doha Deal, signed between the US and the rebel group, is the “only best plan” for peace and stability in Afghanistan.
President Ghani’s proposal comes on the heels of a new US peace initiative that would see Ghani step aside for a period of time while the country’s new constitution is negotiated.
“After the tireless efforts of international and regional stakeholders, and with the full support of the United Nations, the Doha peace agreement was drafted, and ratified by the international community as well,” Dr. Muhammad Naeem, a Taliban spokesperson told Media Line, a US news agency, in an interview.
“If the Doha peace agreement is fully enforced, the Afghan nation will soon enjoy long-term peace and stability,” he said, adding, “Unfortunately, if other parties do not keep their promises as per the agreement, they will be kept accountable for any dire consequences.”
Naeem said that a high-level Taliban delegation and US Special Envoy for the Afghan reconciliation process, Zalmay Khalilzad on March 31reaffirmed their adherence to the Doha Agreement.
The Trump administration and the Taliban signed an agreement in February 2020 in which the US agreed to withdraw its remaining troops as well as all US-led international forces from Afghanistan. The Taliban in the agreement vowed to break relations with al-Qaida and other militant organizations.
Ghani has drafted a new peace proposal with the Taliban in advance of an international conference aimed at reviving stalled negotiations between the warring parties.
The Afghan president plans to present his three-phase proposal at an UN-sponsored conference in Turkey, which will be attended by the United States, Pakistan, and Russia, as well as other key regional countries.
Ghani’s plan includes conducting negotiations with the Taliban; facilitating the establishment of a transitional government for Afghanistan, and sustaining peace after the transitional government was established.
Turkey conference to find a solution for the Afghan conflict is expected to hold in April.