Negotiators must restore people's trust in peace process


BALKH: Civil and women’s rights activists during a meeting in Mazar-e-Sharif city, the capital of northern Balkh province, emphasized that the Afghan peace negotiators must gain the people’s trust.
At a symposium aimed at assessing the Doha peace talks initiated by the Institute for Strategic Studies in Afghanistan, they stressed that one of the main aspirations of the people of Afghanistan was the realization of peace and stability, something that should be taken seriously.
Civil society activists in Balkh believe that until peace talks between the two sides gain the people’s trust, real and lasting peace won’t be achievable. 
The meeting was a call for a permanent ceasefire, an end to war and bloodshed, and the continuation of peace talks. Other participants also announced support for the peace process.