© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani gestures throughout celebrations to mark Afghan New 12 months (Newroz), in Kabul
By Hamid Shalizi
KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will put ahead a three-phase peace roadmap for Afghanistan throughout a proposed assembly in Turkey, searching for an settlement with the Taliban and a ceasefire earlier than elections, a doc seen by Reuters reveals.
Washington is pushing for a convention to be hosted by Turkey, with U.N. involvement, this month to finalise a peace deal between the federal government and the Taliban as a Might 1 deadline looms for the withdrawal of all overseas troops.
Ghani’s plan can be introduced as a counter to proposals put ahead by Washington, rejected by the Afghan authorities, that envisage instantly drawing up a brand new authorized system for an interim administration to incorporate Taliban representatives.
The doc reveals Ghani’s “Reaching an Endstate” proposal will embrace, within the first part, a consensus on a political settlement and an internationally monitored ceasefire.
The second part can be holding a presidential election and the institution of a “authorities of peace” and implementation preparations for transferring in the direction of the brand new political system.
The third part will contain constructing a “constitutional framework, reintegration of refugees and improvement” for Afghanistan transferring ahead.
A senior authorities official stated Ghani has already shared his street map with overseas capitals.
A date for the Turkey assembly is but to be determined, however a number of sources instructed Reuters it might happen in two weeks’ time.
The Afghan authorities and a variety of politicians stated they must agree on an agenda with the Taliban earlier than the assembly.
In an announcement final month, the Taliban threatened to renew hostilities towards overseas troops in Afghanistan if they didn’t meet the Might 1 deadline envisaged in an settlement between the insurgents and the Trump administration final yr.
U.S. President Joe Biden stated this month it could be “laborious” to withdraw the final U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Might 1 “simply by way of tactical causes”, however he stated he didn’t assume they nonetheless could be there subsequent yr.
A senior authorities official stated the Taliban was prepared to increase the Might 1 dateline and wouldn’t resume assaults towards overseas forces in trade for the discharge of 1000’s of their prisoners held by the Kabul authorities.
Mohammad Naeem, a Taliban spokesman in Qatar, stated no such provide had been made.
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