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Women’s Presence in Peace Negotiations Vital

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KABUL: Fawzia Koofi, a member of the Afghan peace negotiating team urges that women’s role in the ongoing peace talk with the Taliban was vital. However, she expresses optimism that the three-month long talks would lead the country to a cease fire followed by a lasting peace.

Nothing significant was achieved in the talks held in the Persian Gulf’s Arab state of Qatar as the rival sides were not ready to show flexibility and agree with each other’s views.

The only result of the talks was the procedure with a preface and 21 articles agreed by the both sides.

Koofi said Tuesday that some of the controversial points in the negotiations were unacceptable by the Afghan team and would remain only as Taliban’s demand.

“The Doha contract is Taliban’s political identification. The Afghan team emphasized that political identification, the Afghan people’s will and Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s commitment should be reflected ,” she said.

Sources close to government team had earlier said that a document signed by Norway and two other countries, calls Afghanistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, while Taliban have been known as the Islamic Movement of Taliban.

Koofi rejects the reports as a rumor, saying that interim government and Islamic Emirate was never discussed in the talks.

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