Some of the Taliban who were released before the inter-Afghan peace talks have returned to the battlefield, the Afghan government negotiator lamented on Tuesday. With that said, negotiations with the rebels continue, a point that Abdullah Abdullah calls “positive.”
Some of the former Taliban detainees released before the inter-Afghan peace talks have already resumed weapons, the government’s peace process chief Abdullah Abdullah said on Tuesday (September 22).
“I know some of them have returned to the battlefield, which is a violation of their commitments,” Abdullah Abdullah said at an online conference hosted by the US think tank Council on Foreign Relations. He stressed that the majority of the former prisoners had not taken up arms again, “but some did.”
Negotiations between the Afghan government and the insurgency are still ongoing at the contact group level and the two delegations have begun to get to know each other. “Given the context, I think this is positive.”
Pressure for a ceasefire
Although the level of violence is not declining, the Afghan negotiator called on the United States, which has negotiated a separate agreement with the Taliban to persuade them to enter into a dialogue with the Afghan government and Pakistan, which Kabul regularly accuses. to protect and finance the uprisings, to push for a ceasefire.
“The level of violence is very high, to an extent that is not acceptable to the people, and I reiterate my call on the Taliban and all partners who have influence over the Taliban to put pressure on this point,” he said. he said.
Abdullah Abdullah said he would visit Pakistan “in a few days” for the first time since 2008.
US military withdrawal
The level of violence was also raised during a hearing in Congress by US Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Pentagon Asia official David Helvey, who was asked questions about concessions to the Taliban to allow a US military withdrawal known to President Donald Trump .
David Helvey confirmed the goal of 4,500 US troops in Afghanistan “at the end of November” and avoided questions from elected officials about possible pressure from Donald Trump to reach this figure before the November 3 presidential election.
“Further withdrawals will be decided on the basis of the situation on the ground and the Taliban’s respect for their commitments,” said Zalmay Khalilzad, stressing that no decision has yet been taken on this issue.