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Lack of political settlement could unleash endless war, warns Khalilzad

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KABUL: The US special envoy for peace in Afghanistan says that if the Afghans do not reach a negotiated political agreement, the country could plunge into a continuous war.

US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said the parties involved in the conflict should prioritize national interests and work for a political settlement.

“Peace talks that began after the Qataragreement have not progressed much and the two sides are focusing more on a military solution. It is time for the leaders to take the talks more seriously instead of thinking they can resolve the issue through war,” he said.

Khalilzad asked both the Afghan government and the Taliban to quickly focus toward reaching an agreement.

He said continuation of the war would have no consequences other than inflicting casualties on people.

He made the remarks as the fighting has intensified in Herat, Helmand, Kandahar and a number of other provinces.

The U.S. and British embassies have also accused the Taliban of massacring hundreds of civilians after the militants captured Spin Boldak district in Kandahar province, a massacre that may amount to war crimes.

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