Despite Peace Process, Armed Clashes Continue


25 de febrero de 2019, 16:02Kabul, Feb 25 (Prensa Latina) In the midst of efforts to find a negotiated solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, at least 50 people have been killed in the past 24 hours in clashes between government forces and insurgents.

The fighting took place in the provinces of Faryab (north), Ghazni (east), Uruzgan (centre) and Sari Pul (north) where, according to intelligence, some of the most important strongholds of the Taliban movement can be found.

The majority of the dead, more than 40, occurred in Uruzgan, when government forces, supported by international coalition aviation, attacked Taliban hideouts around the province’s capital, a local government spokesman told Tolonews.

Such clashes occur at the same time as representatives of the parties to the conflict try to reach agreement on how to end a 17-year war.

Although the Taliban have met at least four times with U.S. officials, they still refuse to negotiate with the government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

In fact, tomorrow will be the fifth round of talks between the Americans and the Taliban, with the aim of discussing the terms for embarking on a peace process.

The Taliban have made the establishment of a reconciliation dialogue conditional on the withdrawal of foreign troops.

Meanwhile, the Afghan executive criticizes the rebels’ refusal to sit down with the Kabul authorities and describes this refusal as the main obstacle to peace.

In the past, all attempts to restore calm in Afghanistan have failed and the country has been living in virtual war since 2001, when the United States and its North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies launched an alleged crusade against terrorism there.

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