KABUL: The European Union (EU) has urged for a swift establishment and operationalization of the High Council of National Reconciliation (HCNR), three months after it came into existence without much considerable headway so far.
”…We encourage the swift establishment and operationalization of the High Council of National Reconciliation as the body designated to guide the negotiations,” EU said in a statement Thursday.
Addressing the current war that has escalated in different parts of the country, the EU said, “We express deep concern about the continuing high level of violence and the security situation in Afghanistan, especially the number of civilian casualties and call for an immediate permanent and comprehensive ceasefire.”
EU reaffirms its strong support to Afghan peace talks at a time when the Republican and the Taliban delegations are still bogged down in finalizing the procedural rules for the intra-Afghan discussions.
HCNR was established in August this year to lead peace talks with the Taliban following a political deal between President Ghani and Chairman Abdullah in May.
Earlier, the power struggle between President Ghani and Abdullah over appointments to HCNR – comprised of 46 members – had undermined prospects for effective and unified leadership in the peace process.