Peace strategy submitted to lower house

KABUL (PAN): Before sending it to the government, a special commission on Monday placed before the Wolesi Jirga for approval a draft strategy for peace talks with militants.
The panel is comprised of members of various lower house commissions. A member of the body, Abdul Qayyum Shujaee, told the house a peace committee be set up to enforce the strategy
He suggested the body should have representatives from the parliament, the high peace council, government, political parties and civil society.
Shujaee said the committee would seek opinion of national figures, political parties and civil society groups on how to negotiate with the insurgents and set privileges for them.
He also suggested an international meeting to be attended by parliament members, government officials, political opposition leaders and Taliban representatives.
Pakistan, Iran, India, China, Russia, the US, the UK, NATO, UN and the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) should be invited to the gathering, he said.
Shujaee claimed the high peace council had failed to achieve stability, hoping the strategy would be acceptable to all parties to the conflict.
He said neighbouring countries should guarantee that Afghanistan’s national interests were not threatened in the name of reconciliation.
The peace strategy will be discussed at a joint session of the Wolesi Jirga’s 18 commissions before its approval at a general session, said first deputy speaker, Mirwais Yasini.

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