January 12 According to a report by Tolo News in Afghanistan on the 11th, sources said that Afghanistan and the Taliban are conducting a new round of talks, but no progress has been made for many days.
Afghanistan insists on making the ceasefire a priority for formal negotiations.
Sources from the Afghan negotiating team said on the 11th that it will take time to reach agreement on the negotiating agenda, and neither side has shown “flexibility” in the past three days.
Sources said that the Afghan negotiating team insisted on making the ceasefire a priority for formal negotiations.
But the Taliban believe that the ceasefire can only be discussed after an agreement is reached on the “future government”.
Over the past three days, the two working groups have met.
The head of the Afghan Peace and Rescue Council said, “The Taliban do not think that they will benefit if they agree to a ceasefire before the [future] government reaches an agreement.
Therefore, they do not want to cease fire before reaching an agreement.”
At the same time, the Afghan High Commission for National Reconciliation said that efforts were being made to find a solution to the unity agenda.
A spokesman for the Afghan High Commission for National Reconciliation said: “Discussion on the unity agenda has begun, and we hope that they [Afghan negotiators] can make decisions in the interest of the Afghan people.”
Negotiators between Afghanistan and the Taliban opened consultations in Doha, the capital of Qatar, on September 12, 2020. After the start of the consultations, the violence continued throughout Afghanistan.
It was reported that the first round of talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban lasted for three months.
The two sides agreed on the procedural rules of the talks and verbally raised each other’s demands on the main points of the agenda.
The Afghan peace negotiators travelled to Doha on January 4, 2021 to resume talks that were suspended for 23 days and continue consultations on the negotiating agenda.