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The Taliban Have a Road Map for Peace

A translation of the statement from the Taliban and Afghan officials.

Over the weekend, Taliban representatives sat down with Afghan officials and other observers in Doha, Qatar, to hold formal talks. In their discussions, they agreed that “inclusive negotiations” were necessary, that they would agree to ensure women’s rights, and that they would pursue the “unconditional release of elders, the disabled, and sick inmates.” A translation of their statement is below.

We, the participants of the conference, hereby appreciate, thank, and value the efforts of

The conflict parties shall avoid threats, revenges, and conflicting words, shall use soft terminologies and words during their official gatherings, and shall not fuel conflict and revenge. The Doha peace conference participants strongly support the current peace talks in Doha and believe that an effective and positive outcome from the negotiations will be fruitful for Afghanistan. Unconditional release of elders, the disabled, and sick inmates. Ensuring the security of public institutions, such as schools, religious madrassas, hospitals, markets, water dams, and other working locations. In particular, respecting educational institutions, like schools, universities, and other educational institutions, as well as residential areas. Commitment to respect and protect the dignity of people, their life and property, to minimize the civilian casualties to zero. Assuring women’s rights in political, social, economic, educational, and cultural affairs as per within the Islamic framework of Islamic values. Institutionalizing an Islamic system in the country for the implementation of comprehensive peace. Start of the peace process simultaneously with the accomplishment of all terms and conditions set form. Monitoring and observation of the peace agreement. Reform in the preservation of fundamental institutions, defense, and other national entities that belong to all Afghans. Repartition of immigrants and return of internally displaced people. Support and assistance from donor countries post-peace agreement based on the new cooperation and relations. Insist during international conferences regarding the assurance of the Afghanistan peace agreement. Assurance of zero interference from neighboring and regional countries in Afghanistan.

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