Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Can the high-level talks lead to peace in Afghanistan?

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Deutsche Welle, 8 July 2015

(also on DW Dari and Pashto)

AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted here on the Afghan-Taleban talks (not “high-level” yet) in Pakistan:

“Thomas Ruttig, co-director and co-founder of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, warned of a rivalry between those Taliban in favor and those against engaging in negotiations with president Ghani’s government [actually I warned against playing on this rivalry as it could make any talks meaningless and open up chances for spoilers].

‘There is one question mark in this whole thing: The Taliban and their official spokesmen have said that those contacting the Afghan government in Pakistan or via Pakistan are not authorized,’ said Ruttig. The analyst explained that there seem to be two different tracks of negotiations: on the one hand, talks between Taliban representatives and Kabul with help from Pakistan, second; the Qatar office which has always been referred to as the only authorized channel of negotiations by the official Taliban spokesmen.

‘We again see a rivalry between the Qatar and the Pakistani process and the question is whether this is being done on purpose by the Afghan [and Pakistani] government in a bid to drive a wedge between the Taliban movement or whether the Taliban are simply not saying the truth [about which channel is authorised],’ the expert noted.