Follow by Email

Search This Blog

Monday, February 20, 2012

Peace drive marred by mistrust: Kabul


Bold steps are needed to ensure that a council spearheading the reconciliation process can win the trust of insurgents,” said a presidential advisor on Sunday. Assadullah Wafa also expressed concern that Afghans, who have been subjected to one conflict after another, were losing hope that peace was possible from a process that so far has been shrouded in secrecy and conflicting views of likely success. The government has made some contacts with the Taliban, who have made a strong comeback after being toppled by a U.S. invasion in 2001, but there are no signs that full-fledged peace talks will happen anytime soon. U.S. diplomats have also been seeking to broaden exploratory talks that began clandestinely in Germany in late 2010 after the Taliban offered to open a representative office in the Gulf emirate of Qatar, prompting demands for inclusion from Kabul. "The talk about peace talks is just futile," said Wafa, an advisor to President Hamid Karzai and a former governor in some of Afghanistan s most volatile provinces. Karzai set up a 70-member High Peace Council two years ago, with Wafa as a member, to try and negotiate an end to the war, now dragging into its eleventh year. It is meant to represent all ethnic and political alliances in a bid to reach out to the Taliban leadership, as well as convince grassroots insurgent fighters to join the government. Wafa, however, questioned its effectiveness, and said its wide makeup actually made it difficult for the government to reach out to militant groups. "I have told President Karzai and he promised that there would be repair of the peace council. I am not afraid to speak out, but it doesn t much bear fruit. There must be a review," he told Reuters in an interview. Wafa, one of the Afghan government s most experienced bureaucrats, said a reorganisation of the council could help kick-start talks in Qatar, where the Taliban has set up an office to build contacts with the United States, or elsewhere. The stakes are high. Failure to lure the Taliban to the negotiating table could mean perpetual instability, or even another civil war, once NATO combat troops withdraw in 2014. Wafa s scepticism extends far beyond the High Peace Council.

Labels

Afghanistan (43) Africa (5) Africa Israel world (1) Airblue (1) Al Qaeda (7) Al-Qaeda (6) Algeria (3) Allah (1) Amazon (1) America (1) Amsterdam (1) Android (20) Andy Murray (6) Angry Birds (1) Apple (45) Apple and Samsung (5) Arab League (7) Argentina (2) Armstrong (3) Arsenal (2) Asia (5) Asif Ali Zardari (3) Aston Villa (1) Atletico Madrid (1) ATP (1) Aung San Suu Kyi (2) Australia (3) Australian Open (15) Ban Ki-moon (3) Bangladesh (13) Barack Obama (87) Barcelona (43) Basel (1) Bashar al-Assad (7) Bayern (2) Bayern Munich (9) BBC (1) Belgium (1) Benazir Bhutto (1) Bhoja Air (1) Bill Clinton (1) Bill Gates (6) BlackBerry (17) Blasphemy (1) Bolivia (2) Bollywood (1) Borussia Dortmund (3) Brazil (4) British (1) Burma (12) Canada (4) Champions League (15) Charles Taylor (1) Charlie Gard (1) Chelsea (27) China (71) Christian (1) Christians (1) CIA (9) Congo (2) Controversial (1) corruption (2) Cristiano Ronaldo (20) Cuba (2) David Beckham (2) David Cameron (1) David Ferrer (2) David Moyes (1) David Petraeus (1) Dell (2) Donald Trump (3) drone (15) Dubai (2) Earthquake (2) Egypt (54) Elections (15) EU (5) Europa League (3) Europe (7) Everest (1) Everton (1) Facebook (65) FBI (2) Ferrari (2) ferry disaster (1) Fidel Castro (1) FIFA (6) FIFA 13 (1) Firefox (2) football (4) Forbes (3) Formula 1 (2) France (18) France Paris Pakistan Iraq Afghanistan Palestine Syria Burma (1) French presidential election 2012 (1) Fulham (2) Galatasaray (1) Gangnam Style (6) Gaza (16) Gerard Pique (2) Germany (6) Google (67) Guardian (1) Gulf (2) Hamas (18) Hamid Karzai (1) Harlem Shake (1) Hezbollah (4) Hillary Clinton (7) Hong Kong (1) Hosni Mubarak (1) HP (2) HTC (5) Hugo Chavez (8) Iker Casillas (2) Imran Khan (3) India (54) Instagram (6) Internet (3) iOS (1) iPad (18) iPhone (30) iPhone 5 (14) iPod (2) Iran (97) Iran Iraq Israel Pakistan Syria Saudi Arab Shia Sunni Muslim Arab (3) Iraq (28) ISIS (1) Islam (6) Israel (117) Italy (8) iTunes (1) Ivory Coast (1) Japan (39) Jay-Z (1) Jelly Bean (1) Jews (2) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (1) Joe Biden (1) Jordan (3) Jose Mourinho (1) Julian Assange (1) Justin Bieber (13) Karachi (3) Kate Middleton (12) Katy Perry (1) Kenya (3) Khartoum (1) Kim Jong-un (4) Kofi Annan (7) Kristen Stewart (6) Kulbhushan yadav (1) Kuwait (2) Latin America (1) Lebanon (7) Leo Messi (21) LG (2) Liberian (1) Libya (12) Liverpool (4) London (2) Lumia (3) Malala Yousafzai (26) Malaysia (3) Mali (5) Manchester City (12) Manchester United (37) Manhunt. The ten year search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad (5) Margaret Thatcher (1) Mario Balotelli (2) Mark Zuckerberg (14) Mars (1) Maryam Nawaz (2) McDonald (2) Messenger (1) Mexico (7) Michael Jackson (6) Michelle Obama (1) Microsoft (41) Milan (1) Miley Cyrus (1) missile (3) Mission: Impossible (1) Mitt Romney (26) Monica Lewinsky (1) Morocco (1) Moscow World (1) Mossad (1) Motorola (1) Mozilla (1) Muammar Gaddafi (5) Mufti Zia (1) Muslims (23) NASA (5) NATO (22) Nawaz Sharif (6) NBA (6) Nelson Mandela (7) Nemo (1) Netherland (1) New York (10) Newcastle (1) Nexus (3) Neymar (1) Nigeria (10) Nokia (6) North Korea (48) Novak Djokovic (11) nuclear bomb (2) nuclear test (1) Olympics 2012 (12) Oman (1) Omar Hassan al-Bashir (1) OneDirection (1) Oprah Winfrey (1) Osama bin Laden (25) Oscar (4) Pakistan (161) Pakistani intelligence services (13) Palestine (43) Palestinian (3) Panama (2) Panama gate (2) peace plan (5) Pep Guardiola (3) Peru (1) Pervez Musharraf (11) Peshawar (2) PGA (1) Philippines (2) plane crash (3) PlayStation (10) Premier League (43) Prince Harry (8) Prince William (8) Prophet Muhammad (SAW) (1) PSG (1) PTI (1) Qatar (4) Radamel Falcao (1) Rafael Nadal (7) RAW (2) Real Madrid (36) Red Bull (1) Robert Gates (1) Robert Pattinson (4) Roger Federer (9) Russia (19) Salman Khan (1) Samsung (17) Samsung Galaxy (16) Sandy (17) Saudi Arabia (30) Scotland (1) Selena Gomez (5) Shakira (2) Sir Alex Ferguson (3) skydiving (1) Skype (5) Smartphone (25) Social Networks (5) Somalia (3) Sony (9) South Africa (13) south Asia (1) South Korea (29) Southern Sudan (2) Spain (9) Sri Lanka (1) Stephen Hawking (2) Stoke City (1) Sudan (5) Syria (150) Tablet (1) Taiwan (1) Taliban (11) tallest building (2) The Arab League (3) The innocence of Muslims (18) The race to the White House (2) Tibet (4) Tiger Woods (2) Tito Vilanova (1) Tom Cruise (2) Toshiba (1) Tottenham (2) Train crash (1) Tumblr (1) Turkey (26) Twilight (3) Twitter (30) UAE (5) Ukraine (2) UN (50) United Kingdom (40) USA (326) Usain Bolt (3) Valentine's Day (1) Veena Malik (2) Venezuela (11) Viber (2) Vladimir Putin (1) war (15) Wayne Rooney (1) West Ham United (1) WhatsApp (4) WHO (1) WikiLeaks (2) Windows (4) Windows 8 (9) wolfs (1) World Trade Center (3) Xbox 360 (6) Xbox 720 (7) Xbox One (6) Yahoo (5) Yash Raj Chopra (1) Yasser Arafat (1) Yemen (4) YouTube (10) Yusuf Raza Gilani (1)