AFGHANISTAN. Kabul: The Afghan Ashraf Ghani shared the details of his government peace plan with the ambassadors of foreign countries and international organizations in the last few days, according to sources within the Presidential Palace.
According to the source, the President met NATO’s senior civilian representative, the acting head of the UN mission in Afghanistan, and ambassadors of EU member nations, as well as envoys from neighboring countries and Muslim nations. It is expected that the president will make the plan public at the beginning of next week.
Officials say that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will present a three-phase peace plan for Afghanistan during the upcoming meeting in Turkey, which includes a political agreement and ceasefire before elections.
Three-phase roadmap for peace
A document obtained by TOLO News, the government plan outlines three parts.“The first element of this peace road map is the preservation of the Constitution and its continuation so that we can prevent a rupture, discontinuation, and collapse,” said the Second Vice President Muhammad Sarwar Danish.
The government’s three-phase plan has started with the first phase of “Reaching an Endstate” which includes a consensus on a political settlement and an internationally monitored ceasefire and endorsement by Loya Jirga, making peace or holding talks with the Taliban. The second phase under the heading of “government of peace” includes implementation arrangements for moving towards the end state and holding elections, building peace – with language that hints at a transitional government, and the third phase involves building a constitutional framework, reintegration of refugees and development, sustaining peace, which indirectly refers to a post-transitional government situation.
Mentions have been made in high-level meetings, according to sources, that the president and his deputies’ positions should be preserved–along with government forces–until an election is held.
On Saturday, Hamdullah Mohib, the National Security Advisor to the Afghan President said in a press conference that the Ghani will not run for president if there is an early election.
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30 peace plans gathered
“This will be accepted neither by the Taliban, nor us nor by political parties,” said Abdul Latif Pedram, head of the Afghanistan National Congress Party.
Meanwhile, a 15-member committee led by former vice president Mohammad Yunus Qanooni discussed views on the US peace plan gathered from 25 political parties, the High Council for National Reconciliation said in a statement on Sunday.
The statement said that 30 drafts have been received by the council so far about the peace process in Afghanistan.
“We hope that we can create a consensus,” the reconciliation council spokesman Fraidoon Khwazoon said.
This comes as Zalmai Khalilzad, the US special representative for Afghanistan peace is in Doha, haggling with the Taliban and other parties to set an exact date for the UN-Led Turkey conference, which some Afghans call a “destiny-making” opportunity for ending the decades of war.
The UN-Led Turkey meeting on Afghanistan is expected to begin on April 16. It is proposed by the United States with the hope that it will wrap up a peace agreement.