The talks on the procedural rules continue between both sides of the Afghan peace negotiations, a spokesman for the High Council for National Reconciliation Faraidon Khwazoon said on Saturday as violence continues to take lives of Afghans in large numbers.
Khwazoon said the meeting on the agenda of the negotiations are expected soon.
“Discussions continue between the two sides on the disputed points. We hope that an agreement is reached on the recommendations and the suggestions that the two sides had so that we can have a roadmap for the formal talks,” said Khwazoon.
But sources in Doha told TOLOnews that the Taliban is still insisting on the US-Taliban agreement to be the foundation for the talks.
The contact groups are meeting in an attempt to establish procedural rules and an agenda for the talks.
The two sides have agreed on 18 out of 20 articles for the procedural rules, but two main articles—the religious basis for the talks and connection of the US-Taliban deal with the negotiations—remain unsolved.
The Taliban insists that if a dispute emerges during the negotiations, the solution must be sought using the Hanafi jurisprudence and that the foundation for the talks should be the peace deal that the group signed with the US in late February.
But the Afghan republic's team has rejected the Taliban’s demands and has suggested some alternatives.
The peace negotiations between teams from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban started on September 12; however, so far, direct talks have not started because of disagreements on procedural rules for the negotiations.
More suggestions have been put on the table to overcome the rift between the two teams, which include the religious basis for the talks and the connection of the US-Taliban deal with the negotiations.
The Taliban’s spokesman in Doha has not commented.