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APSO organises upcoming Taliban-Civil Society meeting in Gulf

APSO organises upcoming Taliban-Civil Society meeting in Gulf

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Nov 15, 2017 - 12:34

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghanistaninfo-icon Peace Studies Organization (APSO) has been trying to organise a meeting between the Talibaninfo-icon, and influential members of the Afghan Societyinfo-icon in the Gulf, the organization said in a statement on Wednesday.

APSO rejected the local media reports insinuating that an international group, Pugwash Conferences on Science and Worldinfo-icon Affairs, was organising or behind the upcoming two-day meeting was inaccurate.

“APSO is organizing this event in its independent capacity and no other national or international organization has a role, either directly or indirectly, in this meeting.”

The meeting plans to include a high profile delegation of the Afghan Taliban from their political office in Qatar as well as politicians, civil society members, parliamentarians, womeninfo-icon’s rights activists, and people close to the Afghan government. This is not an official meeting and each person attending the event will do so in his or her personal capacity.

“APSO's primary agenda in holding this meeting is to remove the obstacles to peace and find ways to improve the trust deficit between the two sides so that we can move forward with mutual consent." In addition to this objective, other important issues like the protection of civilians during the armed conflict, the role of women and youth in the peace process, freedom of the press, and other important issues including healthinfo-icon, educationinfo-icon, and human rights will also be discussed.

The confusion about Pugwash involvement was the result of recent interview in the local media given by an Afghan analyst Nazar Mohammad Mutmain and previous interviewsinfo-icon of a civil society activist ZiaulhaqAmarkhil in local media and in VOA’s Pashtoinfo-icon Service.

APSO would like to make public the information about the conference to counter inaccuracies or misconceptions swirling around the event. "The organization is in direct contact with all parties of the conflict and no side, including the Afghan government, is putting any obstacles in its way."

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