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Women’s participation in peace talks vital: HPC

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KABUL: Deputy Chairperson of the High Peace Council (HPC) of the country Habiba Surabi on Wednesday said any negotiation team for any possible peace talks that may take place in future should be all-inclusive with comprehensive participation of women, who should play a vital role in the talks.

In a statement released by the HPC, Surabi appreciated First Lady of the country Bibi-Gul Rola Ghani for her hard work to ensure women rights, promote public awareness about women rights and their involvement in the peace process.

Surabi directed the HPC related departments to take steps to ensure women’s active participation in the peace process according to the Geneva Convention on Women Rights of the United Nations.

The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security was adopted in the UNSC on 31 October 2000.

The remarks come as the peace talks between Taliban and the US are underway for more than six months as the US special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, has held five round of talks with the Taliban representatives in Qatar.

Gains in the fields of freedom of speech and women rights, achieved over the past 18 years are considered the two main values about which activists are worried not to be compromised over during the talks.

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