'Upcoming rounds of peace talks be held in Afghanistan'

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NANGARHAR: Tribal elders, civil society activists and provincial council members of eastern Nangarhar province have called on the Afghan government and the Taliban to shift future phases of intra-Afghan peace talks to inside Afghanistan.
Nangarhar people made the demands during a gathering attended by over a thousand participants in the Provincial Council’s compound on Saturday.
Ahmad Ali Hazrat, head of the Nangarhar Provincial Council, speaking to the gathering, said that the Afghan government and the Taliban should continue intra-Afghan talks inside Afghanistan. He said that Nangarhar was one of the suitable places in the country where future negotiations could proceed.
The tribal elders also called on the warring parties to hold peace talks in Afghanistan instead of Doha.
Tribal Elder Malik Walaat Khan, while addressing the meeting, held similar views, saying shifting peace negotiations home would be more effective as both parties could reach an agreement sooner under the Afghan public’s observation.
Another tribal elder, Engineer Ghani Khan, said the spike in violence during the talks undermined peace talks’ credibility and a ceasefire had to be announced in advance.
After around three months of dialogues, procedural rules for peace talks were agreed upon between the Afghan government and the Taliban negotiating teams in Doha a couple of days ago. 
On December 12, the two sides announced a three-week recess and said negotiations would resume on January 5.