UNSC welcomes Doha peace negotiations, calls for a truce

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KABUL: Stressing on the observation of a permanent ceasefire to end the Afghan conflict, the UN Security Council has reiterated its strong commitment to promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan.  


A statement from the council on Friday welcomed the start of intra-Afghan talks in Doha – which were launched last week – saying its members recognized that sustainable peace could be achieved only through a comprehensive and inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process that aimed at bringing about a permanent ceasefire to end the conflict. 


Quoting the council’s President Abdou Abarry, the statement noted that “members of the Security Council strongly encouraged parties to the negotiations to continue pursuing confidence-building measures, including reductions in violence, and to continue to engage in good faith.”


Welcoming the efforts of all regional and international partners of Afghanistan in facilitating intra-Afghan negotiations, the statement maintained, “The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the importance of the United Nations role in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan.”


Meanwhile, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, said that the UNSC statement on Afghanistan peace negotiations underscored the international commitment to Afghanistan’s sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity.


In a tweet, Khalilzad described it a unique moment for Afghanistan and a unique opportunity that must be seized. He said the UNSC statement supported the path the parties were currently on.


This comes as the direct intra-Afghan talks between the negotiating teams of the Taliban and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (IRA) were launched through an opening ceremony last week.


The negotiating teams continue to discuss the framework of the talks going forward but for the past week, little information on developments has been released.