NATO calls on Kabul and the Taliban to take advantage of the momentum of the negotiations to agree a ceasefire


NATO said on Wednesday that the Afghan government and the Taliban should take advantage of the momentum of the Doha negotiations to go one step further and agree on a ceasefire and a political roadmap to achieve peace and prosperity in Afghanistan .

In a statement from its Atlantic Council, the military organization insists that the agreement between Kabul and the Taliban on the rules and procedures for launching peace negotiations and the convening of the first high-level committee meeting are “important steps forward.” towards a comprehensive and lasting solution in Afghanistan.

However, NATO urges the parties to seize the moment that has been opened, thanks to the first agreement in the negotiations, to agree “an immediate cessation of violence” and negotiate a “permanent and comprehensive ceasefire”, as well as a political roadmap.

After four decades of conflict in Afghanistan, the Atlantic Alliance understands that the political process offers “hope” for peace in the country, but it is central to ending the Taliban violence, which puts the future of the negotiations in check. “We hope that the negotiations will lead to a sustainable and comprehensive agreement for Afghanistan and put an end to the violence and safeguard the human rights of all, especially women, children and minorities,” the statement said.

Another of NATO’s concerns is that Afghanistan will no longer be a sanctuary for terrorists and serve as a platform to organize attacks both inside and outside the country. In this sense, it reiterates its commitment to the country and demands that the parties comply with what was agreed in the agreement between the United States and the Taliban.

The talks are part of an agreement reached between the militias and the United States in February in an effort to end nearly two decades of war in Afghanistan and pave the way for the withdrawal of all international forces from the country.

In this regard, NATO has stressed that it will hold political consultations among allies to study the military presence and adjust it, if conditions on the ground allow. In recent weeks, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has indicated that NATO will face the “dilemma” of the march from Afghanistan at the defense ministers meeting in February, which the new US administration will be able to attend for the first time. For now, Stoltenberg has avoided commenting on whether it is realistic to leave Afghanistan next year.

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