Intra-Afghan Peace Talks Struggle, Fears of Early Collapse

Seeking consensus, some call for broader talks with more participants

The intra-Afghan peace talks between the Ghani government and the Taliban look to be struggling in recent days, with some observers warning that they might collapse outright, amid calls to try to expand the talks to include more, smaller factions.

The current efforts are to get separate talks started with Hezb-e Islami, saying they are interested in the peace process but think all stakeholders should be involved. They have criticized the Ghani government’s attitude.

A lot of particulars have kept intra-Afghan talks from progressing, and while international factions are endorsing the process, they warn that there is no military solution, and that the sides need to work constructively.

The intra-Afghan talks were meant to have begun shortly after the US-Taliban deal was signed, but sat on the vine for many months over prisoner releases. Now that they’ve finally begun, there is a lot of impatience about trying to progress the matter quickly.

Author: Jason Ditz

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