Fawzia Koofi, a member of the peace negotiating team representing the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the talks with the Taliban, on Monday said that an explanation by the republic about the agenda of the talks is essential before entering into the second round of negotiations with the Taliban.
This comes as the republic’s team continues its consultations in Kabul for the sixth day.
The lack of a political consensus in the peace process, and the lack of a explanation from the republic team about agenda of the talks for the second round are the key challenges on way of the republic’s team.
Experts believe that the mentioned challenges can delay the second round of talks.
“We continue our consultations, but we need to return to the talks with a clear explanation, it means the start of the talks will not be beneficial unless there is clear explanation about the stance of the republic sides and all other items which are part of the agendas,” said Koofi.
Meanwhile, Assadullah Saadati, the deputy head of the High Council of National Reconciliation (HCNR) has said that the second round of talks should not be delayed under any scenario and excuses.
“The talks should not be delayed under any circumstances and under any reason and excuse,” said Saadati.
“We must avoid making any sort of disruption on way of the talks, the negotiations should not delay under any situation,” added Saadati.
The statement comes amid hopes that the leadership council of the High Council of Naional Reconciliation will convene its leadership committee meeting in the next few days in which the committee will give its directives to the republic team about the agenda of the talks in the second round.
But, Abdullah Abdullah, who leads the HCNR is now on an official trip to Tajikistan and an exact date has not been finalized that when the HCNR will conduct its leadership committee meeting.
“The delegation (republic peace negotiating team) will have a meeting with the leadership council of High Council of National Reconciliation and will pursue the consultations of the council and the public and will enter the talks with full preparation,” said Faraidoon Khawzon, a spokesman to Abdullah.
Critics urge political consensus:
“At a time when the war rages on, it will be unjust to talk about the political system and the rights of the people,” said Amin Ahmadi, a member of the republic's team.
Both sides of the Afghan peace negotiations have agreed to resume talks on January 5.