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Govt makes no commitment to release Taliban prisoners: Sediqi

Govt makes no commitment to release Taliban prisoners: Sediqi

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2 Mar 2020 - 17:24
Govt makes no commitment to release Taliban prisoners: Sediqi
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2 Mar 2020 - 17:24

KABUL.

“It is a sovereign Afghan decision, we will discuss the issue of prisoners as part of the peace deal which is to be a comprehensive discussion during the negotiation. Prisoners release “cannot be a prerequisite for talks”, but must be part of negotiations,” he said.

Sediqi hoped that the Taliban will comply with their commitments made in the agreement with the US signed on 29th Feb, which are cutting ties with al-Qaida, and other terrorists, and sit down with the Afghan government for a negotiation leading to a political settlement.

The Afghan government has not made any commitment to release 5000 Taliban prisoners before the start of any potential negotiation.

“We need to see the significant issues; such as a permanent ceasefire by the Taliban, their relationship with outside state and non-state actors, and drug curtails are addressed.”

This comes after the Taliban Spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid told Reuters that they would not take part in intra-Afghan talks until 5,000 prisoners released – representing a major potential barrier for the path to peace in Afghanistan.

The group also said that the Reduction in Violence period is formally over and normal operations could start at any moment, but the group is still currently continuing with reduced operations for the sake of people’s happiness.

Earlier, President Ghani told CNN that government made no commitment to release Taliban prisoners.

“It is a sovereign Afghan decision, we will discuss the question of prisoners as part of the peace deal which is to be comprehensive which is to discuss. The wording that it is used there to facilitate. We made it very clear that Ambassador Khalilzad that the political capital in the consensus in the country that would be necessary for such a major step does not exist today,” he said.

“We need to see that significant issues; a permanent ceasefire, discussion of the special relationship of the Taliban to the countries that provide them sanctuary especially Pakistan, their relationship with all terrorist Organizations not just Al-Qaeda, their relationship with drug cartels and most fundamentally the basic rights of people of Afghanistan,the place of our Security Forces and our civilian administration or all discussed,” he said.

“It is very clearly conveyed to them that they cannot put preconditions just technically it’s not possible to release 5.000 prisoners. It’s a pen sticking process, each person needs to be checked and in return for what?,” Ghani said.

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