Afghan Jirga concludes with calling on warring sides to halt war (3)

14:14, June 05, 2010      

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The participants in the resolution also called on the international community to support Afghanistan on long-term basis.

Some 1,600 people including tribal elders, lawmakers, social figures and government officials attended the three-day national gathering opened on Wednesday amid tight security to discuss the ways and means on how talks with anti-government militants and ensure lasting peace to the war-torn Afghanistan.

However, Taliban militants on the eve of jirga on Tuesday in a statement released to media described the jirga as a U.S. ploy and vowed to continue jihad or holy war till the eviction of foreign forces from the war-torn country.

Concluding the jirga, President Hamid Karzai in his remarks once again called on all the opposition groups to give up militancy and play their role in ensuring peace and reconstruction of the war-battered Afghanistan.

Afghan president also promised to implement the decisions taken by the participants of the jirga to strengthen peace and stability in the country.

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