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Peace talks the only way to end conflict: ACPS

AT-KABUL: The Afghanistan Council for Peace Salvation (ACPS) on Wednesday termed peace talks as a sole remedy to put an end to the long-time war in the country.

“Peace is the first demand of the Afghan masses,” Gul Rahman Qazi, head of the council told newsmen. Hinting to the continuation of war, he said that this war had been imposed on the government and people of Afghanistan.

Emphasizing on Afghan-led peace process, he said that they were ready to mediate between the war parties. “The people of Afghanistan renounce violence as they believe that it is mutual coexistence that leads to unity and stability in the country,” Qazi said.

The religious scholars and university lecturers had attended the press conference held by the ACPS, where they said that the council’s members were making their last-ditch efforts to establish peace and stability through a third party that was not involved in the skirmish.

“This step had not been taken so far in the country,” the ACPS said, referring to the involvement of the third party in the conflict, but did not specify the “third party”.

A university professor, Musa Fariwar, who is also a member of the council, blamed the activities of the High Peace Council, saying that it was a project rather than a reconciliation organ.

“The Afghans are holding key to peace. Security and stability would come when the Afghans appear in the scene by taking full responsibility of the reconciliation process at their hands,” he said.

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