President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday said that Afghanistan is edging towards peace and now is the time to think about ending the war, however, he stated that creating a durable peace will not be possible without justice.
“In order to restore a durable peace in the society--not a temporary peace--there is a need for justice to prevail so that no one feels oppressed,” said Ghani.
Meanwhile, Representative Tom Malinowski , a member of the US Congress who is critical of a possible peace deal between the United States and the Taliban, has suggested in an interview with TOLOnews that solid guarantees from the Taliban are essential so a return to war can be avoided.
“I think, number one, we would need very firm commitments from the Taliban that it will break with all terrorist groups--not just Al Qaeda, but the Haqqani network and others. The deal should apply to Taliban activities everywhere,” said Malinowski.
This follows a phone conversation on Monday between President Ghani and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who both agreed to a meeting which will be held in Beijing and will include a Taliban delegation to discuss Afghanistan’s peace agreement.
The meeting was originally meant to be held on October 29 and 30 in Beijing, but the Afghan government asked China to delay the meeting for unknown reasons.
On Wednesday, The Afghan government finalized the list of participants for the China meeting on Afghan peace.
Critics have aired discontent over the government’s withholding details about attendees.
“Peace shouldn’t be a deceit--there should be no personal interests in it; the demands of people should be reflected in peace and nothing should be ignored,” said Shahzada Shahed, a member of parliament.
“The nation should be involved in the process and peace efforts should be carried out in a clear way,” said Sayed Akbar Agha, a former Taliban member.
However, the Presidential Palace says that all factions have been consulted regarding the meeting in China.
“Those who are expected to attend the future meeting in China represent different layers of the Afghan society,” said Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for the Afghan president Ashraf Ghani.