Kabul: The chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday told the Taliban in clear, certain terms that the only solution to the current Afghan crisis is to speed up peace talks, declare a permanent ceasefire and end the war permanently.
Abdullah’s remarks come close on the heels of Taliban’s announcement of a three-day ceasefire on Eid al-Fitr.
“The government of Afghanistan has in the past declared a unilateral ceasefire on Eid days and special occasions. Temporary ceasefire on these occasions provides a brief opportunity for people to relax; But it is not a fundamental and permanent solution to the country’s problem,” Abdullah said in a statement on Monday.
According to him, there is no military solution to the Afghan crisis, and violence is not solution, rather, it has added to the conflict.
The HCNR chairman also called on the Taliban to resume talks, establish a permanent ceasefire, end the war and bloodshed, and find a comprehensive, just, dignified and mutually acceptable political solution.
The Afghan government has not commented on the ceasefire announcement yet.
Meanwhile, in the retrograde mission, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne secretly flew to Afghanistan for a brief visit to discuss the withdrawal of Australian troops, describing it as the “beginning of a new chapter”.
“We will continue our development assistance program to preserve the significant gains made by the Afghan people, in particular advancing the rights of women and girls,” she said.
Payne also discussed the handling of alleged war crimes committed by Australian troops during a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.