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Mere cut in Afghan violence no longer enough: EU

Mere cut in Afghan violence no longer enough: EU

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1 Oct 2020 - 15:01
Mere cut in Afghan violence no longer enough: EU
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1 Oct 2020 - 15:01

KABUL (Pajhwok): Welcoming direct intra-Afghan negotiations, the European Union has said now all preconditions are fulfilled and nothing should prevent a ceasefire from being accepted and implemented by both parties.

In a statement, EU High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell has said the launch of intra-Afghan talks in Qatar marked the start of a genuine peace process, which should lead to the peace that the people of Afghanistan deserve and have long demanded.
He said the European Union urge the parties to accompany the start of the peace talks with an immediate, comprehensive, nationwide and unconditional ceasefire.

“With this new chapter opening, a mere reduction of violence is no longer enough. Now all preconditions are fulfilled, nothing should prevent a ceasefire from being accepted and implemented by both parties.”

He said the peace process must now be truly owned and led by Afghans and international partners must respect Afghanistan’s sovereignty and independence when supporting these negotiations.

“It must preserve and build on the political, economic and social achievements of the citizens of Afghanistan since 2001, especially on women’s rights. To achieve this, the European Union is working with all parties.”
He said the EU wanted to ensure that peace negotiations were inclusive and respectful of the wish of Afghans to live in a peaceful, secure and prosperous country.

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