TOLOnews has learned that President Ashraf Ghani’s new peace plan has not only been laid out on paper, but a number of steps have been taken to implement some parts of the 7-Point roadmap for peace and stability in Afghanistan.
According to some sources, Kabul is expected to host a meeting in the next few weeks with the participation of 15 countries and representatives of some international organizations.
A classified document seen by TOLOnews reveals that the Afghan government has drafted a guide for the future peace effort titled “The 7-Point Peace and Reconciliation Plan.”
“We are only a few days away from the election result, but it does not mean that we stop working on our plan for peace, it is a need, because peace is the priority! The president of Afghanistan is focused on the peace process, and we are compelled to move forward in this process with the pace that is needed,” said Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for president Ashraf Ghani.
The stated intention of the plan is to “build upon the past efforts and move the peace process forward with an aim to end the bloodshed as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, while presiding over the Council of Ministers Meeting on Monday, said that there is a need to forge unanimity of views for peace in the country. However, he did not touch on the classified document.
Abdullah instead suggested that in view of the current situation in the country, there is a need to focus on the transparency of the election process.
“It has always been our position to seize every opportunity that comes, however, we also have to be vigilant about keeping transparency in the election,” said Abdullah.
This comes amid fresh diplomatic efforts at the regional and international levels to get the stalled peace process back on track.
“Until now it is not clear who will be the next president of Afghanistan, but when the election results are announced, we will support any move under the government leadership,” said MP Naheed Farid.
The 7-point peace roadmap includes:
1. Negotiations with US and NATO
2. Negotiations With the Taliban
3. Negotiations with Pakistan
4. Consensus Building with Regional and International Partners
5. Discussion with the West and International Organizations
6. Strengthen Institutions at the National Level
7. “Address Grievances at the Local Level”