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Afghanistan: the Great Council calls for dialogue with the Taliban

The Grand Assembly in Afghanistan with a call for a comprehensive cease-fire came to an end. The delegates called on the government and the Taliban, to negotiate a lasting peace.

After five days of deliberations, has called for a Grand Assembly in Afghanistan, a comprehensive ceasefire. The 3200 delegates to the "Loya Jirga" called on the government and the Taliban, in their final Declaration to end the war and achieve a lasting peace through intra Afghan dialogue.

President Ashraf Ghani said at the closing ceremony, the message of the five-day meeting was clear: "want Afghans for peace." Ghani announced in the coming days, the beginning of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan to allow more than 150 imprisoned Taliban. With the beginning of the month of Ramadan should begin, according to the final Declaration of a cease-fire. Ghani stressed that this would not be one-sided: "I would like to say to the Taliban that the choice is in your hands now," said the President.

"the Afghans want peace," said President Ghani, the message of the Assembly.

negotiating team for peace talks

The Great Council had been convened, in order to create a negotiation basis for any talks with the radical Islamic Taliban. In the case of the Taliban's opponents in the government, Opposition and civil society, there was disagreement about it. Several well-known politicians and presidential candidates boycotted the Jirga, including the government CEO Abdullah Abdullah.

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