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Peace talks yet to gain progress

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KABUL: There is no progress in the negotiations between Afghan and Taliban negotiating teams, sources privy to the issue said Monday.

The Afghan delegation insists on cease fire agreement, the sources said. “But the Taliban stress that the ceasefire will be agreed after reaching a breakthrough on the future government formation.”

A former member of the Taliban, Sayed Akbar Agha said that there would be no need if both sides reach an agreement on the Islamic System.

Earlier, some Afghan politicians suggested the formation of an interim government, saying that the Taliban are not willing to make a deal with the incumbent administration. They accused the government of undermining the peace process.

Speaker of the lower house of the parliament, Mir Rahman Rahmani said that the parliament would stand against anyone who tries to undermine the peace process.

Head of the peace and salvation council of Afghanistan, Gul Rahman Qazi said that the Taliban considered ceasefire prior to the agreement on the formation of the future government as a weakness.

The high council for national reconciliation said that efforts were underway to find a solution to unify the agendas of the talks.

“We hope they (negotiating sides) reach a decision which is in the interest of the people of Afghanistan,” said a spokesman for the council, Faridoon Khwazoon.

 The negotiating teams of the government and Taliban resumed the second round intra-Afghan negotiation on January 5th. 

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