In reference to the upcoming Moscow talks on Afghanistan, that will include a Taliban delegation, analysts told TOLOnews on Saturday that government needs to take the lead in such talks.
This comes after the Afghan government objected to Moscow’s move and said it would not attend such a meeting.
The US also stated this week that it will not attend the September meeting.
These analysts said the route to direct talks between the Afghan government and Taliban is dependent on international politics.
One international relations analyst Din Mohammad Nazir said the Taliban sees their invitation to the meeting in Moscow as a victory.
“In 17 years, the Taliban has not attended such international talks. Their participation at the Moscow meeting is actually a new experience for them and is seen as a victory among them.”
Another analyst, Basir Yusufi pointed out that Afghanistan needs to draw up its own peace plan and not adopt one issued by the US or Russia.
“There is the need for Afghanistan to choose its own policy of peace itself – not the policy of peace which is chosen by the US or which will be chosen by Russia,” said Yusufi.
A third international relations analysts also said Afghanistan needs to create its own formula for peace.
He said: “Russians are playing with the back of the coin while Americans are playing with the face of it. The problem is that Afghanistan needs peace and Afghanistan must develop a formula for peace in all seriousness and effectiveness so that it can have an impact as soon as possible.”
For months now, the Afghan and US governments have hoped the Taliban would answer to their calls for peace.
Relying on this hope, President Ashraf Ghani announced a conditional ceasefire last week with the Taliban, despite the group’s four-day siege on Ghazni city just days earlier and a string of other attacks across the country.
However, the Taliban failed to respond to government regarding its calls for a ceasefire or for direct talks and instead chose to accept Russia’s invitation.
Russia’s embassy in Kabul recently said that the US has held meetings with the group – because it has been in their interests to do so.
The US meanwhile has already stated that the Moscow meeting will not help efforts for peace in Afghanistan.
On Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs objected to Moscow’s proposed talks on Afghanistan and said any talks for peace should be carried out under the leadership of the Afghan government and the people.
The ministry said in a statement that although it appreciates the efforts by Russia for peace in Afghanistan, the Afghan government expects its regional and international partners to pave the way for intra-Afghan dialogue.
Taliban has defied the goodwill gesture of the Afghan government for peace and stated that participation of the group at the Moscow talks would not hold any importance while it rejects regional and international principles for peace, the statement said.
Delegations from Iran, Pakistan and Uzbekistan and a four-member team from the Taliban led by Mullah Abbas Stanekzai, head of Taliban’s office in Qatar, are expected to attend the Moscow meeting on September 04.