Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish said countries in the region should not impose another proxy war in Afghanistan under the name of the Afghan peace and that they should play a constructive role in the process.
Addressing a ceremony on challenges and opportunities for peace, Danish said the Afghan government welcomes regional and world countries’ support to the Afghan peace but he insisted that the final decision should be made by Afghans.
“We expect from near and far foreign countries who are involved in the Afghan peace to have a facilitating and constructive role, but should not make decisions on behalf of Afghans," he said. "The regional countries also should not think that this time they will impose another type of proxy war in Afghanistan under the name of peace."
Danish said that any peace talks in absence of the Afghan government will have no results, insisting that government should be one side of the talks.
“In any talks, government should be considered as the main side of the talks. Any talks without presence of Afghan government will remain fruitless,” Danish added.
Danish’s remarks expressed after the US and Taliban have met for four times in absence of government over the Afghan peace and the fifth round is scheduled for February 25 in Qatar. Also, early in February, a number of Afghan politicians met Taliban representatives in Moscow in absence of government of Afghanistan.
Danish also warned the Afghan politicians and said if they do not stay united in the peace process, the armed groups in support of other countries will misuse the chance.
Danish said Taliban is a group that "in cooperation with other international terrorist groups have killed thousands of Afghans" and that the Afghan government is fighting against the group for defending the values of the country.
“Taliban is not only a Mujahid group but is a group that wants war and they in cooperation with international terrorists have killed thousands of Afghan people and our fight against them has been for defending the values,” Danish added.
Danish said the Afghan government is ready to talk with the Taliban adding that the group should first stop fighting and accept ceasefire without any precondition and then propose their demands in logical talks.
Danish went on to say that preserving of the current system, the Constitution, press freedom, freedom of expression, women's rights, human rights and other civil achievements will be government’s red line in the peace talks.
He mentioned that a delay in the upcoming presidential elections and establishing of an interim government are against the interest of Afghans and that they will not help in ensuring a sustainable peace in the country.