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UNAMA Welcomes Gov’t’s Call for ‘Unconditional’ Peace Talks with Taliban

(Last Updated On: February 28, 2018 9:47 pm)

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has welcomed the Afghan government’s renewed call for “unconditional” peace talks with the Taliban at Kabul Process II conference in capital Kabul on Wednesday.

“Together with the 25 countries and international organizations participating in the second Kabul Process conference, the UN Mission strongly supports the vision for peace through intra-Afghan dialogue and urges all parties involved to engage at the earliest time,” UN said in a statement.

In the statement UNAMA said it commends the stated preparedness of Afghan authorities to discuss all issues as part of a peace process, including such key aspects as the constitution and the lifting of sanctions against persons and entities, as well as the release of prisoners.

“The UN Mission recognizes the inclusive consultations to build a national consensus on peace conducted by the government and the High Peace Council before the conference as an important part of any national peace process,”

“The UN looks forward to the further and deeper involvement of Afghan women in all future dialogue and talks,” the statement reads.

According to UN, the Kabul Process meeting brought together all of Afghanistan’s neighboring states, along with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and other parties, to establish a consensus among regional and international stakeholders on the imperative for an Afghan-led peace process.

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