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Afghanistan peace process shows promise, Resolute Support Army commander says

 

The peace process in Afghanistan has shown progress since the first cease-fire in 17 years took place in June, the commander of NATO’s Resolute Support mission and U.S. forces in Afghanistan told Pentagon reporters yesterday.

Speaking from Afghanistan via teleconference, Army Gen. John W. Nicholson called the response to the cease-fire overwhelming. “For the first time in 17 years, the Afghan people, the Afghan security forces and the Taliban all celebrated Eid al-Fitr together in peace,” he said, referring to the Muslim holiday that marks the end of the monthlong Ramadan fast.

The first cease-fire unleashed the Afghan people’s desire for peace and an end to violence on a national and unprecedented scale, the general added. “And numerous groups across Afghanistan — the People’s Peace Movement, religious [scholars], civil society, youth activists, women’s groups — are all calling for peace,” he said.

Nicholson emphasized that any negotiations over the political future of Afghanistan will be between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

“This must be an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process, with Afghans talking to Afghans. And the U.S. is prepared to support, facilitate and participate in these discussions,” Nicholson told reporters. Read more

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Afghanistan peace process shows promise, Resolute Support Army commander says

The peace process in Afghanistan has shown progress since the first cease-fire in 17 years took place in June, the commander of NATO’s Resolute Support mission and U.S. forces in Afghanistan told Pentagon reporters yesterday.

Afghanistan peace process shows promise, Resolute Support Army commander says

The peace process in Afghanistan has shown progress since the first cease-fire in 17 years took place in June, the commander of NATO’s Resolute Support mission and U.S. forces in Afghanistan told Pentagon reporters yesterday.

Afghanistan peace process shows promise, Resolute Support Army commander says

The peace process in Afghanistan has shown progress since the first cease-fire in 17 years took place in June, the commander of NATO’s Resolute Support mission and U.S. forces in Afghanistan told Pentagon reporters yesterday.