- A whole lot of Afghan safety drive members have fled to Tajikistan.
- “Although we have the upper hand on the battlefield, we are very serious about talks and dialogue,” say the Taliban.
- Western safety officers mentioned the Taliban have captured greater than 100 districts however the group says they’ve management of greater than 200.
The Taliban will current a written peace proposal to the Afghan authorities subsequent month, based on the group, regardless of their main territorial beneficial properties within the nation, as extreme preventing breaks out with the approaching withdrawal of international forces from the war-torn nation.
A whole lot of Afghan safety drive members have fled into neighbouring Tajikistan within the face of Taliban advances since america vacated its fundamental Afghan base, centrepiece of U.S. and NATO would possibly for nearly twenty years within the nation, as a part of a plan to withdraw all international troops by September 11.
Whereas the switch of Bagram Air Base to the Afghan military added momentum to a Taliban drive to grab management over new districts, Taliban leaders renewed the long-stalled talks with Afghan authorities envoys in Qatar’s capital Doha final week.
“The peace talks and process will be accelerated in the coming days … and they are expected to enter an important stage, naturally it will be about peace plans,” Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid instructed Reuters on Monday.
“Possibly it will take a month to reach that stage when both sides will share their written peace plan,” he mentioned, including that the newest spherical of talks was at a essential juncture.
“Although we (Taliban) have the upper hand on the battlefield, we are very serious about talks and dialogue.”
The upsurge in preventing and the flight of 1000’s of members of the tattered Afghan safety forces have raised grave doubt concerning the US-backed peace negotiations, which started final 12 months underneath the then-President Donald Trump’s administration.
Responding to a request for touch upon the Taliban consultant’s remarks, a spokesperson for the US State Division mentioned a negotiated settlement was the one option to finish 40 years of conflict in Afghanistan.
“We urge the sides to engage in serious negotiations to determine a political roadmap for Afghanistan’s future that leads to a just and durable settlement, the official said.
“The world won’t settle for the imposition by drive of a authorities in Afghanistan,” the official added. “Legitimacy and help for any Afghan authorities can solely be potential if that authorities has a primary respect for human rights.”
TALIBAN ADVANCES ON THE GROUND
Western security officials said the Taliban have captured more than 100 districts but the group says they have control of more than 200 districts in 34 provinces comprising over half the Central Asian country.
On Sunday, more than 1,000 Afghan security personnel retreated across the northern border into Tajikistan after Taliban advances, the Tajik border guard service said, while dozens of others were captured by the Taliban.
Diplomats overseeing the intra-Afghan talks have repeatedly sought neighbouring Pakistan’s help to convince Taliban leaders to offer a written peace plan even if it took a maximalist line.
Last month the European Union’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Tomas Niklasson, said time was running out and that a written proposal would be a sign of successful Pakistani leverage over the Taliban.
“It’s troublesome to anticipate that the Taliban will present us with their written doc of a peace plan in a month however let’s be constructive. We hope they current (it) in order to grasp what they need,” mentioned Najia Anwari, spokesperson for Afghanistan’s Ministry for Peace Affairs.
Final month the pinnacle of Afghanistan’s official peace council referred to as for the lengthy halting talks on a settlement to a long time of devastating violence shouldn’t be deserted regardless of surging Taliban assaults – except the Taliban themselves pulled out.
Final week US forces vacated Bagram Air Base as a part of an understanding with the Taliban, towards whom it has fought since ousting them from energy after the September 11, 2001, al Qaeda assaults on america.