Peace deal with Taliban needs credible guarantees, says Stoltenberg
Delivering speech at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Plenary
Session in London, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary general, said Taliban
escalating violence proves the need for firm and credible guarantees for any
future peace deal in Afghanistan.
“This demonstrates a lack of commitment to lasting peace,”
he further said about the Taliban increasing violence in the country.
“We would welcome the resumption of these peace talks, but
then Taliban must show willingness to make real compromises at the negotiating
table,” Stoltenberg asserted, adding that NATO remains committed to Afghanistan
and to ensure the country never again becomes a safe haven for international
After almost 11 months of negotiations, the US-Taliban peace
talks which had reached at the threshold of signing agreement was suddenly
called off by US President Donald Trump on Saturday, September 07, 2019.
In reaction to Trump’s decision, later the Taliban
representatives in Doha again asked US to return to negotiation table and
stressed that they believed on a political settlement for Afghanistan war.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconstruction
Zalmay Khalilzad reportedly met with the Taliban and Pakistani officials
earlier in October for the first time after the talks were called off.
Stoltenberg congratulated the Afghan forces and the Afghan
people for the achievements made in the country and their participation in the
fourth presidential elections which was held on September 28 despite threats
posed by the Taliban.
NATO’s SG reiterated that they will continue to support
Afghan security forces to fight international terrorism and create conditions
for a lasting peace in the country.