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Framework for peace talks yet to be finalised

29 Nov 2020 - 08:40
29 Nov 2020 - 08:40

KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul’s negotiating team claims having agreed in principle with the Taliban delegation on rules and procedures for the Doha peace talks.

However, this does not mean a framework for the peace negotiations has been finalised, the government team said in a statement on Saturday night.

“The negotiating teams have only agreed in principle to the 21 articles of the rules & procedures, with the exception of the introduction because it requires further discussions. Therefore in the joint meeting on Nov 17, 2020 in the presence … of the host country, it was decided that the rules & procedures will only be considered final once they are presented to a general meeting of both delegations & approved there.”

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has shared its understanding of the elements of the introduction with the other side (Taliban), the statement added.

Earlier, Taliban spokesman Naeem Wardak tweeted that the “procedure” to take the intra-Afghan negotiations forward had been finalised between the two sides on November 15.

Wardak wrote: “The procedure for intra-Afghan negotiations was finalised in 21 articles on the 15th of November.”

He said the framework was later interpreted in the presence of the host country two days later.

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