Int'l community backs Afghan Peace Jirga: NATO envoy

08:30, April 21, 2010      

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NATO's civilian envoy to Afghanistan Mark Sedwill said on Tuesday that the international community support the upcoming Afghan Peace Jirga or assembly and is optimistic for its outcome.

"I want to say very clearly that we support Peace Jirga and we believe that it is a process that should bring peace to Afghanistan," Sedwill told a press conference here.

"There are two objectives of the Peace Jirga, first is support from across Afghanistan for reconciliation process and secondly provides the opportunity for the insurgents to reintegrate into society."

The government of Afghanistan is preparing to convene National Consultative Peace Jirga on May 2 to discuss the ways and means to end the conflict and ensure lasting peace in the country.

However, the main armed opposition group Taliban set conditions for peace talks with President Hamid Karzai's government, saying there will be no talks unless all foreign troops pull out of Afghanistan.

Sedwill said that Taliban should engage in reconciling process, otherwise they would be at risk and the Afghan government and its international alliance would bring them to justice.

He also said that the foreign ministers of NATO, the United Nations envoy to Afghanistan Staffan de Mistura as well as Afghan foreign minister Zalmai Rasul will hold a meeting in Thailand on Thursday and Friday to discuss two main issues including handover of security responsibility to Afghan forces and political situation in Afghanistan and the region.

Source: Xinhua


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