Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Afghanistan’s War Victims Demand ‘A Just Peace’ With The Taliban

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RFE/RL Gandhara, 20 October 2020

AAN’s Ehsan Qaane is quoted about contradictory positions in the Afghan government vis-à-vis victims’ representation in the Doha peace talks and, more generally, its approach to dealing with earlier war crimes (he had earlier reported about this at AAN):

Despite the president’s remarks, there is a glimmer of hope, says Ehsan Qaane, a researcher at the independent Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network.

“The Ministry of Peace and members of the Afghan negotiating team have been quietly creating the first rudimentary structures to start including victims’ representation and consultation,” Qaane says.

But he laments that those efforts “fall well short” of proposals from victims and human rights groups.

Qaane says such contradictions could be the result of divisions within the government, a lack of interest from the government, or external pressure “from third parties, like the U.S. in the case of the Taliban prisoners’ release.”