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15 June 2020
Pursuant to the Afghan Government’s efforts at strengthening regional and international consensus in support of the peace process with a focus on an early start of the intra-Afghan negotiations, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Haneef Atmar, convened a trilateral meeting of Afghanistan, Russia and the United States via video tele-conference today.  Ambassador Zamir Kabulov, the Special Presidential Envoy of the Russian Federation for Afghanistan and Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, the Special Representative of the United States for Afghanistan Reconciliation, led their respective delegations at the meeting.
The three countries, reiterating their strong commitment to an Afghan-owned peace process and support for safeguarding Afghanistan’s achievements over the past 19 years, agreed as follows:
1. The Russian and the US Governments welcome the Afghan Government’s commitment and progress towards releasing of the Taliban prisoners as a necessary step towards early start of the intra-Afghan negotiations. The parties call on the Taliban to reciprocate the Afghan Government’s move by releasing all Afghan Government prisoners held by them consistent with their commitment in the Doha Agreement.
2. Recognising the importance of ensuring a positive atmosphere for the impending negotiations, the parties call for a significant reduction in violence as a confidence building measure.  The Afghan Government’s proposal concerning the establishment of a monitoring mechanism for compliance with ‘Reduction in Violence (RiV) measures and to ensure mutual accountability overall through the peace process is a positive contribution.
3. The parties welcome the readiness of both sides to the intra-Afghan negotiations for an early start of the negotiations and expect that an initial meeting between the negotiating teams must be held immediately to agree on agenda and next steps. Consistent with the Doha Agreement, the parties expect that achieving a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire will be included in the agenda of the intra-Afghan negotiations at the outset.
4. The parties agree on the importance of regional and international cooperation as key to sustaining the intra-Afghan negotiations and ultimately to the success of the peace process.  In this context, the parties call for further consultations through existing or new inclusive regional and international mechanisms aimed at further strengthening regional and international consensus in support of the peace process.
5. The parties agree to meet again in this Trilateral format to discuss the progress made in the intra-Afghan negotiation process.  Schedule and details of the next meeting are to be determined through diplomatic channels.

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan takes note of the United Nations Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict.

The report finds that Taliban's roadside IEDs, suicide attacks, ground fighting, and use of civilian locations to hide during battle remain the key drivers of casualties inflicted on Afghan children.

On the contrary, findings of the report indicate that measures put in place by the Afghan Government have resulted in a notable decrease in child casualties compared to the previous year.

We are committed to strengthening the implementation of the existing mechanisms in order to further mitigate harm to children and civilians.

Our longstanding position is that in order to protect civilians and advance the cause of peace, the Taliban as the driver of conflict must stop their unjustifiable campaign of terror tentamount to war crimes against the Afghan and Muslim nation.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) During a meeting with Ahmad Nader Naderi, head of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, spoke about reforms in Afghanistan's public administration and good governance, a statement said.
During the videoconference, head of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission presented his initial report on the progress of reforms, especially the human resources situation and the structures of the Afghan government as a whole, the presidential statement added. After listening to the report, President Ghani issued the necessary instructions to the head of the Independent Commission for Administrative Reforms and Civil Services to complete the assessments and bring about better reforms in the country's civil administrations, the statement added.
Yarzada

 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) NATO’s senior civilian representative (SCR) in Afghanistan Stefano Pontecorvo says the Taliban must honor their promises on reduction of violence. The new SCR, who took up his post on June1, tweeted that he held a video conference with Afghanistan’s acting Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar. He wrote:
“Had a very good meeting with Hanif Atmar. Despite challenges, it is important to maintain momentum towards intra-Afghan negotiations.” The Taliban must fulfill their commitments, reduce violence and pursue peace for the benefits of all Afghans.” Pontecorvo, who replaced Nicolas Kay, asked the insurgents to honor their promises on the reduction in violence.
Yarzada

 

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