US envoy 'disappointed' by collapse of inter-Afghan peace meeting

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 20, 2019

The Taliban - who see Ghani as a USA stooge and his government as a puppet regime - also continue to insist they will not be negotiating with Kabul at the conference, and any administration officials are involved merely in a "personal capacity".

The collapse comes at a critical time and amid continued bloodshed. The Taliban now control or influence about half of Afghanistan and 3,804 civilians were killed there past year, according to a United Nations tally.

Washington, which is leading an effort to end the war, signalled its disappointment and urged both sides to return to the table, though organisers gave no hint about when the conference might be rescheduled.

"Clearly the moment is not yet right", added Barakat, the director of the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies.

The Afghan government on Thursday stopped its nominated delegates from proceeding to Qatar for an intra-Afghan conference, two days after a 250-member team was announced for the meeting, two invitees told Daily Times.

"The creators of [the] Kabul list must realise that this is an orderly and prearranged conference in a far-away Khaleeji [Gulf] country and not an invitation to some wedding or other party at a hotel in Kabul", Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement.

The Doha meeting was meant to prepare the ground for possible future talks by building familiarity among Taliban officials and representatives of the Afghan state created after the. -led campaign that toppled the Taliban government in 2001.

Kabul blamed the Qatari government for the summit´s derailment.

A list of 243 people was announced by Qatar on Thursday.

"If an event billed as a mere informal ice-breaker causes so many problems, imagine what could happen when it´s time to put something more formal together".

But Noor said he would not go, slamming the delegation as politically biased towards Ghani.

A key part of the long Afghan peace process, entailing a meeting between the Taliban and Afghan officials along with civil society members, was postponed owing to militant's reservation over the lengthy guest list.

"Politicians meeting with President Ghani agreed that the act by the Qatari government is not acceptable, and the Doha conference was cancelled".

Efforts to find an end to the war in Afghanistan have escalated since the appointment in September of US Peace Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has held several rounds of talks with the Taliban.

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