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Prolonged Troika calls on Afghan Taliban to ‘fulfil counterterrorism commitments’

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  • Troika, which incorporates Pakistan, the US, Russia and China, launch 14-point joint assertion after assembly in Qatari capital Doha.
  • Troika says they met with the Afghan authorities’s negotiating workforce and members of the Taliban, in addition to Qatar officers.
  • Assertion stated 14-points had been issued on outcomes of earlier Troika conferences and discussions held in final two years.

The Prolonged Troika on Peaceable Settlement in Afghanistan on Saturday referred to as on the Afghan Taliban to “fulfil its counterterrorism commitments” and be certain that no terrorist teams use Afghan soil to hurt every other nation.

The Troika, which incorporates Pakistan, the US, Russia and China, launched a 14-point joint assertion after a gathering within the Qatari capital Doha. The group had met on Friday to “discuss ways to support intra-Afghan negotiations and help the parties reach a negotiated settlement and a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire”.

The assertion, which was issued by all of the collaborating international locations, acknowledged that the Troika met with the Afghan authorities’s negotiating workforce and members of the Taliban, in addition to Qatar officers.

The assertion stated that the 14-points had been issued on the outcomes of earlier “Troika” conferences and discussions held on March 22, April 25, July 11, and October 25, 2019; June 3 and November 30, 2020; and March 18, 2021.

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The assertion acknowledged the “widespread and sincere demand of the Afghan people for a lasting and just peace and an end to the war”. It additionally reiterated that there’s “no military solution in Afghanistan and a negotiated political settlement through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process is the only way forward for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan”.

The troika additionally took observe of the April 14 announcement by the US and NATO that they’ll start a “responsible withdrawal from Afghanistan by May 1” which might conclude by September 11, 2021.

“We reiterate that the withdrawal of foreign troops should ensure a steady transition of the situation in Afghanistan. We stress that, during the withdrawal period, the peace process should not be disrupted, no fights or turbulence shall occur in Afghanistan, and the safety of international troops should be ensured,” stated the joint assertion.

“We expect the Taliban to fulfil its counterterrorism commitments, including preventing terrorist groups and individuals from using Afghan soil to threaten the security of any other country; not hosting these groups and preventing them from recruiting, training, and fundraising. We expect the Afghan government to continue counterterrorism cooperation with the international community,” stated the assertion in its fourth level.

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The Troika additionally referred to as on all of the events within the war-torn nation to cut back violence and urged the Taliban to not pursue a spring offensive.

“We condemn in the strongest terms any attacks deliberately targeting civilians in Afghanistan and call on all parties to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law in all circumstances, including those related to protection of civilians,” stated the assertion.

The Troika reiterated that “diplomatic personnel and property” might be thought of “inviolable”, and warned that the perpetrators behind such “attacks or threat on foreign diplomatic personnel and properties in Kabul will be held accountable”.

All of the international locations urged the Ashraf Ghani-led authorities in Kabul and Afghanistan’s Excessive Council for Nationwide Reconciliation to overtly have interaction with the Taliban for a “negotiated settlement”.

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“We do not support the establishment in Afghanistan of any government imposed by force, consistent with the Joint Statement of the March 18 Expanded Troika,” stated the assertion.

The group additionally voiced help to overview the “status of designations of Taliban individuals and entities on the UN 1988 sanctions, as stated in the UNSC resolution 2513 (2020)”. Nonetheless, it defined that sensible measures are taken by the Taliban to cut back violence and sustained efforts to advance intra-Afghan negotiations will positively have an effect on the overview course of.

The assertion recognised Turkey’s plans to host a convention of senior leaders of each Afghan events for the intra-Afghan negotiations. It additionally welcomed the United Nations and Qatar’s roles as co-conveners of the dialogue.

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“We call upon the negotiating parties to make progress toward an inclusive political settlement and a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire,” learn the assertion. It additionally lauded Qatar for facilitating the peace course of.

The assertion additionally welcomed the UN for its expanded function within the talks and utilizing its “considerable experience and expertise in supporting other peace processes”.

“We strongly advocate a durable and just political resolution that will result in the formation of an independent, sovereign, unified, peaceful, democratic, neutral and self-sufficient Afghanistan, free of terrorism and an illicit drug industry, which contributes to a safe environment for the voluntary, expeditious and sustainable return of Afghan refugees through a well-resourced plan; stability; and global security,” learn the assertion.

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It reaffirmed that “any peace agreement must include protections for the rights of all Afghans, including women, men, children, victims of war, and minorities, and should respond to the strong desire of all Afghans for economic, social and political development including the rule of law”.

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