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Wilson slams Taliban for balking at talks

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KABUL: As criticisms on Taliban are increasing in the United States for not joining the peace negotiations with the government of Afghanistan, the US caretaker ambassador to Kabul Ross Wilson, said Tuesday that negotiations could prevent destruction and bloodshed, adding that innocent civilians are killed in Afghanistan every day.

Wilson interpreted Taliban’s silence to the world requests for peace talks as their “indifference for civilians”.

He called on Taliban to agree on a cease fire and stop violence.

The numbers in the UNAMA report are heartbreaking: 32% of the civilian casualties in the first six months of 2021 were children. For the sake of the nation and the country’s future, Afghanistan needs a cease fire now.

 “Afghanistan is on course for 2021 to witness the highest ever number of documented civilian casualties in a single year since UNAMA records began.”

Meanwhile, senator Lindsey Graham has called US air support for Afghan security forces in battle against Taliban as a must.

Graham wrote on Twitter that he is happy to see that US warplanes strike Taliban positions in support to Afghan security forces, adding that more pressure would bring Taliban to negotiation table.

Earlier, Gen. Frank McKenzie of the US army had said that Washington has recently increased air attacks on Taliban, promising to further enhance air strikes to support Afghan security forces.

He had admitted that Afghanistan experiences tough days, but assured that a political settlement would replace the conflicts.

Afghan officials believe that peace needs a strong stance, saying that Afghan security forces would stand against Taliban if the militant group ignores peace calls.

Taliban condemned US air strike in Kandahar against their positions, saying it was against the peace deal they signed last year with the United States.

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