Afghan president hopes success for peace process

21:48, October 20, 2010      

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday said that he is hopeful that the recent peace talks with Taliban insurgents would bring lasting peace and stability in near future.

"Hope for peace and stability in Afghanistan has significantly increased," Karzai told an audience including government officials gathered at his fortified palace.

"The Afghan people, our international partners and our neighbors all are working to bring peace and stability for this country, and we are hopeful the stability in Afghanistan in one or two years will be better than today, and better than two years ago, " Karzai emphasized.

Karzai also said that the newly established High Council for Peace is busy in making procedures for finding the ways to open negotiations with unhappy Afghans and oppositions who are fighting his government.

"Since we are hearing from Taliban and from other countrymen, many Afghans are hopeful for these peace initiatives," he stated.

Weeks ago, Karzai announced formation of the High Council for Peace with objective to accelerate the efforts for achieving the government-backed national reconciliation program and talks with Taliban militants.

The 70-member High Council for Peace includes two ex-president Sibghatullah Mujadadi and Burhanudin Rabbani, former Taliban commanders, parliamentarians, government officials and eight women.

Furthermore, the president days ago confirmed that there were some unofficial contacts with the Taliban for quite some times.

However, Taliban militants in a statement released to media described the peace council as a ploy of the United States to deceive public opinion and emphasized for Jihad (holy war) against the NATO-led forces stationed in Afghanistan.

Source: Xinhua


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