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Prisoners’ release yields no result: Abdullah

Prisoners’ release yields no result: Abdullah

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Nov 14, 2020 - 20:03

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): High Council for National Reconciliation chairman Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday expressed concern about Talibaninfo-icon’s failure to reduce violence, saying the government released prisoners for ceasefire, but it did not work.

Abdullah, during a meeting with womeninfo-icon here, said releasing Taliban prisoners was aimed at reducing violence, but unfortunately it did not work.

He said he had been hoping that with the start of peace negotiations, the Taliban would be willing to end the war and agree to ceasefire, at least a humanitarian ceasefire.

Abdullah said as countries in the region were involved in the war in Afghanistaninfo-icon, the government could not stop it.

He said the Afghan negotiating team was making every effort to ensure a dignified peace and if there was no result, the issues discussed in peace talks would be shared with people, so that people could decide.

He assured women of the country that the demands of people, especially the rights of women, would not be traded in peace negotiations.

Earlier in the day, Abdullah, on the first day of Herat security talks, expressed concern about the lack of progress in the intra-Afghan talks in Doha, accusing the Taliban of not being flexible.

Meanwhile, a number of women at the meeting criticized the government's weak stance in negotiations with the Taliban.

The women stressed that insecurity in the country has reached its peak with the release of prisoners.

Sakineh Hosseini, one of the women attending the meeting, said: "Mr. Abdullah, why are you bowing your head to the Taliban? Why are you not negotiating with them from a strong position?"

"Since the day, the Taliban prisoners were released, we have been witnessing an intensified war. We cannot go as far as 30 kilometers from the city," said Husseina Nikzad, another female participant.

It is worth mentioning that Abdullah has been in Herat province for last three days to participate in the ninth round of security talks.

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