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Keep national interests supreme in talks, govt asked

Keep national interests supreme in talks, govt asked

Jan 18, 2016 - 17:41

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): As the second round of a four-nation talks kicked off in Kabul, lawmakers and political experts on Monday said the government should keep the country’s national interest supreme during peace talks with armed groups.

Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani inaugurated the second meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Committee in Kabul on Monday.

Representatives from Afghanistaninfo-icon, Pakistaninfo-icon, China and the US will discuss a roadmap, dates and venue for peace negotiations between Kabul and the Talibaninfo-icon.

Some Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members welcomed the four-nation meeting in Kabul and asked the government to avoid compromise over issues of national importance during negotiations with the Taliban.

Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said the lower house’s view about the peace talks was clear and welcomed the meeting in Kabul.

He said the government should share all details of the discussions in the four-nation meeting and should adhere to the supremacy of the constitution and independent status of the country in the crucial process.

Kubra Mustafavi, a lawmaker from Kabul, said the participating nations in the conference should work hard for bringing peace and stability to the war-torn county.

The lawmaker said all factions of the armed opponents should be brought to the negotiating table.

Another lawmaker, Sadiqui Nellizada, said the international community should consider the sacrifices of the people of Afghanistan.

Also on Monday, a separate conference on “National Strategy for Peace and Stability” was held by civil societyinfo-icon groups at Star Hotel. The conference discussed ways for peace in the country.

Dr. Sema Samar, head of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), said: “I am very pleased that two conferences have been kicked off today in Kabul and I hope the four-nation conference would develop and agree on a roadmap for peace.”

She, however, complained about the absence of womeninfo-icon at the crucial quadrilateral meetings in Islamabad and Kabul.

She termed the poor justice system and bad governance as main reasons behind violence and unrest in the country.



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