The Intra-Afghan Dialogue which the Taliban initially stated that would not be recognized as the official meeting has somehow turned out to be successful. A group of 17 members of the Afghan Taliban met around 60 delegates from Kabul in Intra-Afghan Dialogue on Peace in Doha, Qatar.
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The Taliban agreed to reduce violence by stopping attacks on “religious centers, schools, hospitals, educational centers, bazaars, water dams and workplaces”. The agreement came in the form of a resolution prepared by a committee of six members from Kabul and three members from the Taliban.
The participants from Kabul were from politicians, civil society members, and government officials – but they attended the intra-Afghan talks with their personal capacity. According to a resolution issued by the Doha conference delegates on Monday night, the two sides have agreed on the following points to reach a sustainable peace according to Tolo News.
- Consensus on all-inclusive Afghan negotiations.
- All Afghans are committed to a united and Islamic country, putting aside all ethnic differences.
- Afghanistan shall not witness another war. The international community, regional and internal elements shall respect Afghans’ values accordingly.
- In order to facilitate effective intra-Afghan talks, the warring parties should avoid threats, revenge and conflicting words and shall use soft words.
- The Doha peace conference participants strongly support the ongoing peace talks in Doha and believe that effective and positive outcome from the talks will benefit Afghanistan.
- Following steps should be taken to build a trusted environment for peace and keep the nation safe from the war and its consequences. (A) – Unconditional release of elder, disabled and ill inmates. (B) – Ensuring the safety of public institutions including schools, madrassas, hospitals, markets, water dams, and workplaces. (C) – Respect educational institutions. (D) – Respect and protect the dignity of the people, their life and property and minimize civilian casualties to zero.
- Assuring that women’s rights are ensured in political, social, economic, educational and cultural areas within the framework of Islamic values.
- Agreeing on a roadmap for peace based on the following conditions:
- Institutionalizing Islamic system in the country.
- Start of the peace process simultaneously with the accomplishment of all terms and conditions set forth.
- Monitoring and observation of the peace agreement.
- Required reforms and support of basic institutions, defence and other institutions which are belonged to Afghans.
- Repatriation of migrants and return of internally displaced persons (IDPs).
- Support and assistance from donor countries for a peace agreement based on the new cooperation and relations.
- Insist during international conferences regarding the assurance of Afghanistan’s peace agreement.
- An assurance on zero interference from neighbouring and regional countries in Afghanistan’s affairs.