Mansoor said he will support the idea of an interim government if the country’s achievements are protected.
Mansoor said that during three months of talks in Doha, he has found that the Taliban’s ideology has not changed.
“They said that the Taliban has changed. The Taliban is no longer the former Taliban, but my understanding and recognition prove that no change has occurred in the Taliban’s ideology,” said Mansoor.
He said that if peace comes with the departure of one person and the establishment of an interim government in the country, it would be a right move, but added that the achievements such as freedom of expression and human rights should be preserved.
“If the system is protected, if the values remain in their place, if the departure of a person and the coming of a new one helped us to reach to peace, I will support it,” said Mansoor.
He said that main decisions within the Taliban are made by their group’s military wings not their political figures.
The Taliban does not recognize anything under the name of republic or government.
Meanwhile, some other members of the republic team said the gains Afghanistan has made in the past two decades must be preserved.
“There are questions that what ideology and system the Taliban is talking about and what are their perspective about governance?” said Mohammad Natiqi, member of republic team.
“There is a new generation living in Afghanistan. They are educated and have knowledge. This generation is not the generation of whipping and slapping,” said Ghulam Farooq Majroh, member of the republic team.
Koofi Sees No Consensus within Republic on Future Govt
1 January 2021
Koofi said the negotiating team will travel to Doha after gathering views about the type of future government.
Based on a list of the demands of both sides’ negotiators, the Taliban is insisting on the establishment of an Islamic system while the Afghan Republic team is stressing on preserving the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan after a possible deal.
The Afghan Republic and the Taliban negotiators are expected to resume the peace negotiations in Doha on Jan. 5.
Koofi said they will travel back to Doha after gathering views about the type of future government.
“The post-2001 Afghanistan seems to have remained unacceptable, indigestible and understandable for the Taliban,” Koofi said.
“The main obstacle to peace with justice and dignity is that the negotiators should be ready for peace and a system that is based on justice,” said Mohammad Amin Ahmadi, a negotiator.
Ahmadi said the main obstacle to achieving peace was the unwillingness of both sides to negotiate a just peace.
Ahmadi said the Taliban’s current narrative of an Islamic political system is different from the incumbent political system in the country, suggesting that the Taliban should change its stance to ensure peace in the country.
He said the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban should endorse the formation of a participatory government to move forward towards peace.
“The Taliban talks about a series of perceptions and views that are totally in contradiction of the rule of the people and the interest of the people. For instance, the Taliban most likely is not prepared to endorse the Islamic republic system,” Ahmadi said.
Taliban’s spokesman Mohammad Naeem told TOLOnews that they are fully prepared for the second round of the negotiations.
“We will return to what was agreed. We do not have any problem in this matter,” said Naeem.
The first round of talks between the two sides started on September 12 and continued until December 11.