Afghan President Proposes Three-Phase Peace Roadmap: Report | Conflict News
Ashraf Ghani will propose a three-phase peace roadmap for Afghanistan during a proposed meeting in Turkey, Reuters reports.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to present three-phase peace roadmap for Afghanistan at proposed meeting in Turkey, seeking Taliban deal and ceasefire ahead of elections , according to a document seen by the Reuters news agency.
The United States is pushing for a conference to be hosted by Turkey, with the participation of the United Nations, this month to finalize a peace deal between the government and the Taliban as the May 1 deadline looms for the withdrawal of all foreign troops.
Ghani’s plan will be presented as a misunderstanding to proposals put forward by Washington – and rejected by the Afghan government – which contemplate immediately developing a new legal system for an interim administration including representatives of the Taliban.
The document shows that Ghani’s proposal to reach an end state will include, in the first phase, a consensus on a political settlement and an internationally monitored ceasefire.
The second phase will consist of the holding of a presidential election and the establishment of a “government of peace” and the modalities of implementation to switch to the new political system.
The third phase will involve building a “constitutional framework, refugee reintegration and development” for Afghanistan in the future.
A senior government official said Ghani has already shared his roadmap with foreign capitals.
A date for the meeting in Turkey has not yet been decided, but several sources told Reuters it could take place within the next two weeks.
The Afghan government and a number of politicians have said they should agree on an agenda with the Taliban ahead of the meeting.
In a statement last month, the Taliban threatened to resume hostilities against foreign troops in Afghanistan if they fail to meet the May 1 deadline set in an agreement between the armed group and the Trump administration last year.
US President Joe Biden said this month that it would be “difficult” to withdraw the last US troops from Afghanistan before May 1 “purely for tactical reasons,” but he said he did not think it would be. ‘they would still be here next year.
A senior government official said the Taliban were willing to extend the May 1 deadline and would not resume attacks on foreign forces in exchange for the release of thousands of their prisoners held by authorities in Kabul.
Mohammad Naeem, a spokesperson for the Taliban in Qatar, said no such offer had been made.