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Afghan Govt., Taliban Urged for Peace Talks

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Saturday September 22, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The UN Security General Antonio Guterres on Thursday pushed for a dialogue between the Afghan government and the Taliban, which he said is essential to bring peace in the country.
“We know that the way for peace is difficult, but I’m a strong believer that, also in Afghanistan, dialogue is necessary, in this case dialogue between the government and the Taliban,” Guterres told reporters in a press conference held at the UN headquarters in New York. The UN Secertary General hoped that the circumstances will allow for that dialogue to take place and for that dialogue to be successful.  “I know it's complex.  I know it's difficult, but it's also the only way possible to then be able to more effectively combat terrorist organizations that operate in the country,” he said. “On the other hand, we are not organizing the elections, and we do not have, as you know, presence of peacekeeping forces in Afghanistan, but we'll do everything that we can in order to support a process to make it successful.  But we know that our capacity in that regard is obviously limited.  We don't have, as I said, a security presence in Afghanistan,” Guterres said. President Ghani is scheduled to address the session of the UN General Assembly on September 26, a day after Guterres presents his report to the world body and kicks off the general debate. US President Donald Trump is scheduled to address the General assembly on September 24.

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