AFGHAN NEGOTIATOR SAYS TALIBAN NOT READY FOR CEASEFIRE
Hafiz Mansour, a member of the Afghan government team negotiating with the Taliban, said that the militant group is not yet ready for any ceasefire, as both teams prepare to resume talks next week, Qiam Noori reported for Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa).
Mansour added that a majority of the Taliban forces believe they could seize power militarily, a “dangerous mindset," he warned the government.
The two sides began talks last year with the goal of establishing a ceasefire, paving the way for a democratic government whenever foreign forces leave the country.
The US had previously reached a deal with the Taliban whereby US and Taliban forces would try to limit attacks.
Although Kabul is leading the current talks, the US continues to play a coordinating role as a major military occupier.
Mansour said that some countries that have helped Afghanistan during the past two decades were willing to help establish an interim government, which would help the government transition from its current form to whatever is agreed upon in peace talks.
However, some regional countries oppose the idea, saying the idea of forming an interim government is an “American plan.” In the meantime, Mansour said that the US would try to help the negotiating team reach an agreement before the planned full withdrawal of US forces in May, as per an agreement struck with the Taliban in Doha in February.
Mansour said there was no choice but to accept an interim government in the interest of preserving basic human rights.