Window for peace won’t last forever, Khalilzad warns negotiating sides


KABUL: Following the increased level of violence against the backdrop of peace talks in Doha, Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, warns the window to achieve a political settlement wouldn’t be available forever.

The US Department of State informed of Khalilzad’s yet another regional foray to Norway and Qatar aimed at drumming up support for the Afghan peace process.

A statement said Khalilzad arrived in Oslo, Norway, on Monday and conferred on international consensus and support to the Afghan peace talks while in Doha, he’s supposed to meet the negotiating teams and follow up on the talks.

Khalilzad would press both sides to stem the current surge in violence. “Too many Afghans are dying.  The sides urgently need an agreement on a reduction of violence leading to a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, Khalilzad in a tweet expressed disappointment following the return to the region. “Despite commitments to lower violence, it has not happened. The window to achieve a political settlement will not stay open forever.”

He added Afghans needed to pivot to development instead of destruction, stability instead of chaos, forgiveness instead of vengeance, compromise instead of inflexibility.