Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish on Friday said that the Afghan government is ready to release the Taliban prisoners “within the framework of the prevailing laws of the country” in order to help promote confidence-building measures and create conditions for peace negotiation talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
Danish said that the Taliban must show their desire for peace by reducing the scale of violence and by agreeing on a ceasefire.
Peace without the involvement of Afghans in the process is one-sided, Danish said while addressing a crowd of people gathered to mark the 12th anniversary of the death of Sayed Mustafa Kazemi, the former Minister of Commerce, Kabul MP, and head of the Economic Commission of the Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of the Parliament.
“We are ready to release of Taliban inmates within the framework of the laws of the country, but, on the other side, a reduction in violence, implementation of a ceasefire and the start of direct peace negotiation talks are the key to boost confidence,” said Danish.
Danish meanwhile rejected the prospect for the creation of an interim government in the country.
“Speculations about an interim government push us towards new crises,” he said.
Another speaker at the same event was Mohammad Younus Qanooni, the former speaker of the parliament who also said that any peace process without the presence of the Afghan government and representatives of the people will not be a successful process.
“Peace is the demand of people who have been suffering for 40 years, peace is our national need,” he said.
On Monday, President Ashraf Ghani in a phone conversation with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi 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.
“This meeting could…provide a process that paves the way for a negotiation between the government and the Taliban,” President Ghani’s spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi confirmed on Wednesday.
However, a member of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hizb-e-Islami party said on Friday that the Afghan government hasn’t held any consultation on the upcoming meeting in Beijing.