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Afghan Peace Negotiator Says They Hope to Finalize Agenda Soon

Afghan Peace Negotiator Says They Hope to  Finalize Agenda Soon

KABUL - Afghan Peace Negotiator, Mawlawi Attaullah Lodin said Sunday that the Afghan team and the Taliban peace talks team have not yet reached a consensus on the agenda and framework for negotiations going forward.
Lodin, whose video message was posted to the official Afghan negotiating team’s Twitter page said the team is fully aware of Afghanistan’s calls for an immediate ceasefire but that the talks are complicated and will need time for agreements to be reached.
He said: “We hope to finalize the agenda and that both sides agree to it. Thereafter a ceasefire should be called.”
Lodin also raised the issue of the US-Doha agreement signed in February, which has become a point of contention between the two teams.
The agreement led to the Afghan negotiating team meeting the Taliban team around the talks tables, which started two weeks ago.
However, the Afghan government was not a party to the deal between the US and the Taliban, which does not recognize the Afghan government as legitimate.
“We were not present in the deal, we have not signed the deal,” said Lodin.
This comes after a member of the Taliban’s negotiating team, Khairullah Khairkhwa, said on Saturday that the main point of contention in the ongoing intra-Afghan talks in Doha was that the Afghanistan Republic was refusing to deal with the current talks within the framework of the US-Taliban agreement.
He also stated that the second point of contention is that Shiite members say that decisions should not be based solely on Hanafi jurisprudence. The Afghan negotiating team want Hanafi, Shiite and human rights included.
Lodin said, however, that according to the Afghan constitution, the Shiites Jaʿfari jurisprudence, or Ja’fari Fiqh, can not be ignored.
“We don’t want to experience what is going on in Yemen and Syria as there is conflict between majorities and minorities in those countries,” he said.

Another Afghan talks team member Nader Nadery meanwhile said late Sunday night that the two teams had met earlier and discussions had lasted several hours. The discussions focused on the contentious issues and would continue, he said. (ATN)