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Peace Forms Key Element of EU’s Strategy for Afghanistan: Envoy

Peace Forms Key  Element of EU’s Strategy for Afghanistan: Envoy

KABUL - European Union (EU) Ambassador Pierre Mayadon on Thursday said the EU member nations strongly support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and that peace in the country makes up one of the key elements of the organization’s new strategy for Afghanistan.
To determine a purposeful peace process, in the initial steps, it is essential to create appropriate ground for peace on the local level and search for consensus on the international level, he said.
Meanwhile, the White House has called for the UN to play a greater role in resolving the ongoing situation in Afghanistan.
Reports say that a high level delegation from the United Nations Security Council is expected to visit Afghanistan in the coming days.
US President Donald Trump’s administration is trying to get United Nations’ help, after reversing course on campaign promises to end the $700 billion conflict, US newspaper The Hill reported.
On Thursday, a conference evaluating the prospects of peace in Afghanistan was convened under the title of “Voices for peace in Afghanistan” with the participation of high level government officials and delegations from the EU member nations.
The conference will assess the gains and the setbacks that were made in the peace process over the past few years, said Mayadon.
“Peace in Afghanistan stands permanently among priorities of the new EU strategy for Afghanistan and it was adopted on 16 of October by the 28 member states’ foreign ministers in support of Afghan-led, Afghan-owned (process),” said  Mayadon.
Meanwhile, deputy head of the High Peace Council (HPC) Habiba Sarabi has said that the process known as Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program (APRP) has been a failed program.
She said that the HPC is now trying to focus on boosting the capacity of its members and enhance awareness among the people about the peace.
“From the past, we have learned that reintegration is not a successful program, so the reintegration is now out of our new strategy; we are not working on a reintegration program,” she said adding that they are mostly focusing on the other approaches. (Tolonews)