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Peace Means Complete end to Violence: President Ghani Tells Governors

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with provincial governors on Monday evening at the presidential palace to begin consultations on peace and its potential risks and opportunities, a statement from the presidential press office said yesterday.
According to the statement, President Ghani spoke of opportunities for peace and briefed the governors of his recent trip to Germany, where he attended the Munich Security Conference and meetings with several international leaders.
President Ghani emphasized on strengthening the democratic system, saying the Afghanistan’s civil institutions had the capacity to provide better services to the people. He asked the governors to step up coordination with a cross section of society, especially religious scholars, women and youth, on strengthening national security and defense forces.
The president said peace was the demand of all people and it meant a complete end to violence. “We have peace parleys inclusive. Peace is not confined to one zone or community,” he remarked.
The president underlined the effectiveness, and capability of the negotiating team for intra-Afghan talks, saying the government would determine its power.
The Afghan government owned and led the peace effort, the president insisted, reiterating that an end to the war had been a major public demand. He assured the negotiating team would keep in mind people’s fundamental rights during the intra-Afghan dialogue.
Representing eastern, northern, northeastern, western, southern, southeastern, capital Kabul and the central zone of the country, governor of Nangarhar, Faryab, Takhar, Herat, Kandahar, Paktia, Kabul and Bamyan provinces voiced their concerns and views about a potential peace agreement.
The participants opined the negotiating team should be small, inclusive and committed to national interests. They insisted government should lead intra-Afghan talks.

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