Ethnic Elders Supported a Comprehensive Ceasefire in the Country
A number of tribal elders from Nangarhar, Baghlan, Kunduz, Kabul, Bamyan, Laghman, Parwan, Khost, Ghazni, Logar, Badakhshan and Kandahar provinces expressed their support for a comprehensive ceasefire in a meeting attended by Mr. Abdul Khaliq Balakarzai, Deputy Minister for Coordination of Tribes, Dr. Alema, Deputy Minister of Human Rights and Civil Society Organizations, and Mr. Sayed Fahim Sorosh, Senior Advisor to the State Ministry for Peace.
Welcoming the tribal elders, Mr. Abdul Khaliq Balakarzai, Deputy Minister for Coordination of Tribes, said: Although peace is the demand of all the people of Afghanistan, but peace without a comprehensive ceasefire is meaningless.
Mentioning that most of the victims of the ongoing war are civilians, he said that in all peace agreements across the world, a ceasefire was declared prior to the peace agreements. It is therefore necessary to declare a ceasefire to support and move the Afghanistan peace negotiations forward.
The Deputy Minister for Coordination of Tribes briefed the meeting about the ministry’s consultative meetings with various segments of the people, and said that the views and suggestions of these segments were shared with the peace process officials and the negotiation team.
Mr. Balakarzai emphasized that, as peace is the demand of all people; all people should be aware of this process.
On the other hand, the participants of the meeting stressed the importance of ceasefire at this critical juncture of the negotiations, saying that shedding the blood of innocent people is against human and Islamic values.
They also stressed that there would be no peace without a ceasefire, and said that the negotiation teams needed to pay more attention to the ceasefire achieving in the second round of the negotiations.
They also said that in order to improve the peace process, the role of tribal elders should be considered and that they might also mediate the declaration of a ceasefire.
Some of them also stressed that the course of the first round of the negotiations should be analyzed and with the pathology of this round, an appropriate way might be chosen to agree on a ceasefire.
Concluding the meeting, Mr. Sayed Fahim Sorosh, Senior Advisor to the State Ministry for Peace, said that the negotiation team of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan represents all the people of Afghanistan and should pay attention to the views and demands of the people, especially achieving a ceasefire.
He also stressed the importance of the role of the people in the negotiation process and the implementation of peace agreements, and stressed the need to close the gap between the people and the government.
Mr. Sorosh called ceasefire an irreplaceable suggestion and said that the people want the negotiation team not to accept any alternative to the ceasefire and to have a clear strategy and plan for its implementation.