On Wednesday, Sima Samar, the head of Independent Human Rights Commission in Kabul while addressing a conference said that the people of Afghanistan should be involved in the peace process as they have had experience in peace agreements that people were not involved in.
Afghan foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani at the same conference expressed that it is imperative for Afghan women to have an active role in the peace process. “All parties must accept that women’s rights are not negotiable”, he said while also pointing out that Afghan women have made many sacrifices as well as achievements. Without empowering women, it is difficult to achieve a lasting peace according to Rabbani.
Umer Daudzai, president Ghani’s special envoy for regional affairs at the IHRC said that there is evidence which indicates that peace will come in 2019 because the war is not the solution and now all the parties admit that there needs to be a political solution for the Afghanistan problem. However, he also added that negotiations between the Taliban and US are essential.
“Majority of our politicians have agreed that US-Taliban talks should be preliminary stages of talks, but not be the final talks”, Daudzai said. He informed that US had agreed in a meeting with Taliban on troops withdrawal after peace is achieved in Afghanistan and only when all Afghans agree on US withdrawal.
He further gave more information about the meeting between US and Taliban and said that it is expected that in the meeting which is supposed to be held on 25th February in Doha, that the Taliban will come to negotiate with more authority.
Daudzai also added that the consultative Loya Jirga for the plan of peace process will be held on 3rd March and will continue for three days. “Our values and red lines in negotiations with the Taliban in peace talks will be discussed in the Loya Jirga for peace and the role of women will be 30 percent in the formation of Loya Jirga both from capital and provinces”, Daudzai added.
He also clarified that although talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government have not started yet, there are obstacles and challenges and there are options to remove the obstacles, the options being military and/or regional encouragement means to encourage the Taliban.