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Revised mechanism for reconciliation, fighting corruption, implementation of law in balance required to reach sustainable peace, say surveyors

Public dismayed at HPC’s performance: Survey

Revised mechanism for reconciliation, fighting corruption, implementation of law in balance required to reach sustainable peace, say surveyors

AT News Report

KABUL: A nationwide survey conducted under the title of “Afghan People Dialogue on Peace” revealed that most of people are unsatisfied with the High Peace Council (HPC) as the success of reconciliation process is still a distant dream.

The survey has been conducted by Civil Societies in joint venture with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) which covered 6,000 people including men and women in 34 provinces.

Member of the Committee for “Afghan People Dialogue on Peace”, Mohammad Fahim Hakim, said that people believe that most of the provincial peace councils’ function is limited to a province or the structure is based on nepotism and had no representation in the High Peace Council (HPC).

Speaking at a press conference here he said that majority of respondents expressed displeasure over the peace process and HPC’s structure. They asked for revised mechanism and changes in structure of the HPC for consolidated efforts and achievement.

Findings of the survey also show that poor implementation of laws, existence of illegal armed group and powerful people, corruption, impunity culture and poverty are the other challenges that people are facing throughout the country.

The respondents suggested that apart from reviewing mechanism of the HPC, fighting impunity culture, corruption and overcoming unemployment is necessary to reach to durable peace, he asserted.

Qualified and talented people should be appointed for better local governance, people suggested.

The respondents also asked the government to disarm the illegal armed groups and strengthen the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) to ensure stability of the country.

Another member of the committee, Hayatullah Hayat, said that due to lack of coordination between the government, politicians and public the reconciliation process was not yielding the desired results.

For a clear conclusion coordination among the politicians, public and the government is vital, he said.

He further said the Afghan government should approach regional and world political actors for support to reconcile with the insurgent groups.

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