Afghan Taliban hope to present a written peace plan at next month’s talks: Spokesman
July 6, 2021
The Taliban intend to present a written peace proposal to the Afghan government as early as next month, according to a Taliban spokesman, even as they make significant territorial gains in the void left by departing foreign forces.
Diplomats monitoring the intra-Afghan talks have repeatedly tried to persuade Pakistan’s leaders to propose an authentic, written peace plan, even though maximalist approaches were taken, such as restoring the tough Islamist rule that recalled the 1996-2001 group period.
Last month, Tomas Niklasson, the European Union’s special envoy for Afghanistan, told that time was running out and that a written proposal would be a sign of Pakistan’s successful leverage over the Taliban.
“The peace talks and process will be accelerated in the coming days … and they are expected to enter an important stage, naturally it will be about peace plans,” Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said.
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