‘No Progress’ in Negotiators’ Meetings in 3 Days

Sources said that the republic’s negotiating team is insisting on ceasefire as a priority in their formal talks.

Sources from the negotiating team of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan said that agreeing on the agenda for the negotiations will take time and that neither side has shown flexibility over the last three days.
The sources said that the republic’s negotiating team is insisting on ceasefire as a priority in their formal talks, but the Taliban holds that a discussion about a ceasefire must come only after an agreement on a future government. “There won’t be a need for ceasefire if the Islamic system is confirmed, and ceasefire will be applied accordingly,” said Sayed Akbar Agha, a former Taliban commander.

“The parliament is following the peace process and will stand against any compromise,” said Mir Rahman Rahmani, the speaker of the parliament.

The working groups of the two sides have held meetings over the last three days.

“The Taliban thinks that they will not benefit if they agree to a ceasefire before an agreement on a (future) government. The Taliban does not want to agree on ceasefire ahead of an agreement,” said Gul Rahman Qazi, head of the peace and salvation council of Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the High Council for National Reconciliation stated that attempts to find a solution to unify the agenda are underway.

“Discussions about unifying the agenda have started and we hope that they achieve a decision in the interest of the people of Afghanistan,” said Fraidoon Khwazoon, spokesman for the High Council for National Reconciliation.

Peace negotiators went to Doha last week to resume the talks that were stopped for 23 days for consultation on the agenda of the negotiations.

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Intra-Afghan Talks Have Resumed in Doha
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The first round of peace negotiations between teams from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban started on September 12.

Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem on Twitter said that the intra-Afghan talks resumed in Doha this evening and the working groups from both sides will start their work on the agenda of the talks on Saturday.

On December 12, negotiators in Doha reported that both sides had exchanged their lists about the agenda of the peace negotiations and that the next phase of the talks would begin on January 5.

The negotiating teams of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban earlier last month agreed on procedural rules for the talks. Following their agreement, they held three meetings on the agenda of the negotiations and were expected to start the talks this week.

The negotiators reached an agreement on a 21-article list of procedural rules for the talks after three months of discussion, and have finalized an initial list for the agenda of the peace negotiations.

Last month, sources familiar with the matter said that a 28-article draft agenda has been handed to the Taliban by the Afghan team and the Taliban has given a 21-article agenda draft to the republic’s negotiators.

The first round of peace negotiations between teams from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban started on September 12.

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Danish said that the current Constitution of Afghanistan has been ratified in full compliance with Islamic traditions and the values of the Afghan people.

Sources close to the Taliban and a member of the peace negotiating team representing the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on Wednesday said that the Afghan Constitution will be one of the key points in the agenda of the second round of the peace negotiation talks.

He said that negotiators from the two sides have so far not held talks about the Constitution, but in the constitution will be main part of the talks in the second round of the negotiations.

This comes after Afghanistan’s Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish on Tuesday said that the Taliban’s opposition to the current Constitution of Afghanistan is meant to cause the “collapse of the system.”

Addressing a ceremony on the 17th anniversary of the ratification of Afghanistan’s Constitution, Danish stated that the Taliban’s confrontation with the Afghan Constitution is intended to bring the system’s downfall.

In reference to the rumors about the establishment of an interim government as part of the peace process, Danish said that such move was aimed to cause the collapse of the political system of Afghanistan.

He said that an interim government does not mean the transfer of power from one man to another, but it is aimed at causing the collapse of the three pillars of the system.

Danish said that the current Constitution of Afghanistan has been ratified in full compliance with Islamic traditions and the values of the Afghan people.

“The Constitution has the capacity to address any plan for peace or a political transformation. The Taliban and their supporters, by opposing the Constitution, in fact intend for the system to collapse,” said Danish.

“The Constitution is likely to be the subject of a major discussion between the Taliban and the delegation that went to Doha from Kabul, so the issue of the Constitution can be a key part of the agenda of the talks,” said Faiz Mohammad Zaland, a university lecturer.

“If the Taliban and other countries try to impose something–it is impossible,” said Fazel Ahmad Manavi, the Afghan Minister of Justice.

“The Taliban by declaring the Constitution of Afghanistan is “Un-Islamic” want to score more points,” said legal expert Arash Sharivar.

“The Taliban aren’t prepared to tolerate the rights and the privileges which have been reserved for the Afghan citizens in the second chapter of the Constitution. In the first chapter, the Constitution of Afghanistan clearly supports the republic system, but the Taliban are not prepared to endorse the republic system and instead they insist on the emirate system. The constitution of Afghanistan also explains the differentiation of the pillars of the system, but the Taliban are not willing to confirm the separation of authorities of these pillars,” said legal expert Haroon Stanekzai.

The present Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan was agreed upon by more than 500 delegates representing Afghan men and women from across the country at the Constitutional Loya Jirga (December 13, 2003 – January 4, 2004). The Constitution was formally ratified by President Hamid Karzai at a ceremony in Kabul on January 26, 2004.

‘No Progress’ in Negotiators’ Meetings in 3 Days