United Nations envoy urges Taliban to respond to Afghan government offer
11 March, 2018, 01:41 | Author: Diane Mills
"Obviously there is no comparison between North and South Korea and the Afghanistan situation".
Kabul based TOLO News reported that America's senior diplomat for South and Central Asia said the U.S. was in Afghanistan at the request of its government and people would be stay there to make sure the country did not become a safe haven for terrorists again.
"So, what we're looking for in Afghanistan is a fundamental recognition that in an insurgency, the insurgents and the government that is ruling need to engage in a conversation with one another as well as with other interested parties to that settlement".
In the absence of a full-fledged Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, she is now the State Department's point person for South and Central Asia.
The United States, she said, has not yet seen "decisive or sustained changes" in Pakistan's behaviour and as a result, "we suspended our military assistance", she said.
Pakistan, she said, has an important role to play in a peace process, and in stabilising Afghanistan.
"That would require the support of the global community".
Early this month, Wells was in Kabul to attend the Kabul process meeting.
"So, the Afghan government's ability to manage conclusion to a piece and to manage its own security and territory in a responsible fashion will all feed into the worldwide assessment of how we need to structure our future relations with the government of Afghanistan", Wells said, responding to a question on the presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
"These people who do this are acting against humanity and against Islam", he said.
"It's time for this conflict to end". There's worldwide support to this.
Welcoming the focus of the Security Council on linkages between extremism, terrorism, drug production and illegal exploitation of natural resources of Afghanistan, he said the increase in cultivation of poppy in areas under the control of the Taliban and the outfit's involvement in virtually all aspects of the opium trade suggested that it was akin to a drug cartel.
At the 2nd Kabul Process Conference on February 28, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani called on the Taliban to participate in peace talks to "save the country" while offering security and incentives like passports to insurgents who take part in the negotiations. Now obviously the U.S. has a direct interest in the resolution of this conflict and the Taliban have frequently stated the need for all foreign troops to depart Afghanistan is a precondition for negotiations.
At the same time, the United States has stepped up battlefield pressure, notably through air strikes on the Taliban as Afghanistan's worldwide partners have sought to build up diplomatic support from neighboring countries to push the movement to the negotiating table.
He said tens of thousands of Afghans are killed and injured every year in confrontations between the Taliban and government forces.
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