Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Despite Stumbles, Observers Say Momentum Remains for Afghan Peace Talks

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Voice of America, 12 July 2013
This report says that observers are hopeful the peace process to end the 12-year war in Afghanistan will eventually resume, even after the Qatar office desaster, but AAN’s Kate Clark, quoted here, is more cautious: ‘Even though there was only a slim hope, it was a hope nonetheless and I think the little bit of trust that had been incrementally built up between the partners was dashed with the way that the office opened. … It is still not clear who, what agreements were, and who broke which agreements. But clearly, having the Taliban flag raised caused a lot of upsets not just from President Karzai but from a lot of Afghans. But bringing it down caused a lot of upsets from the Taliban side.’