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OSCE urges immediate cease-fire, continue peace negotiations in Afghanistan

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KABUL: The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and its allies in Asia call on the war parties in Afghanistan to immediately agree on a cease fire, reduction of violence and continue peace negotiations.

At a meeting held, the organization declared “support for peaceful solution and maintaining of two-decade achievements” in Afghanistan.

Representatives from Australia, Japan, Thailand, Turkey, European Union, Germany, Tajikistan, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russian Federation attended the meeting held Saturday in Vienna.

The Afghan ministry of foreign affairs said that the meeting condemned increased violence posed by Taliban.

Mirwais Nab, deputy foreign minister who represented Afghanistan in the meeting, said that Taliban acted against what they had vowed in cutting relations with the international terrorist groups. He added that that Taliban “continue indiscriminate killing of people, destroying infrastructure and violating women’s rights” in contrast collusion with regional and international terrorists.

“Taliban and their allied terrorist groups are big threats for their extremism and violence not only for the region but also for the entire world,” said Nab.

Nab claimed that Pakistan ignores Taliban’s destructive activities in Afghanistan, calling on Islamabad to condemn such devastating activities and not allow them to continue illegal presence in Pakistan soil.

The US, EU and other countries’ diplomats based in Kabul, called for cease fire and stop of violence in Afghanistan last week.

Taliban recently said that peace would not be ensured unless President Ghani goes out and a new

government replaces his administration.

Ghani’s office said in reaction that “terror” should be stopped first and a cease fire should be agreed.

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