Govt-Taliban differences not irresolvable: Mujahid

Create: 04/16/2015 - 09:53

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The top peace negotiator on Thursday said the unity government would start taking fundamental steps toward reviving the peace parlays soon after completing the cabinet.
Maulvi Abdul Hakim Mujahid, the High Peace Council (HPC) acting head, told Pajhwok Afghan News in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, that President Ashraf Ghani had engaged in the peace process countries who wanted peace for their economic benefits in the region.
“The president has said peace is his top priority and fundamental steps will be initiated in this regard once the cabinet is completed,” Mujahid said.
He believed peace could be achieved because the time had come for both the government and the rebels to arrive at the negotiating table and sort out their differences.
Mujahid did not say how the peace talks would begin, but added: “Nowadays the big issue for the world is economy. For Pakistan, the TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) pipeline project and other such energy projects which pass through Afghanistan are very important.”
He said these projects could be materialised only when there was peace in Afghanistan.
The top peace negotiator said regional countries had agreed to jointly working for peace in Afghanistan and the Taliban had reached the conclusion that peace should come.
To a question Mujahid said: “The Taliban say the war is imposed on them, they deny starting the conflict and will be ready for talks when an atmosphere of trust is created. But the level of trust remains low.”
He believed President Ghani’s move to involve China and other regional countries, particularly Pakistan, in the peace effort would compel the Taliban to arrive at the negotiating table.
“In the peace process, differences between the parties are not so high that they cannot be solved. However, the big problem is trust deficit.”
He said the peace body could pave the ground for building trust between the warring parties and assist them in resolving their differences.