Taliban Search “Lion’s Share Of Energy” In Deadlocked Peace Talks: US Envoy

Taliban Seek 'Lion's Share Of Power' In Deadlocked Peace Talks: US Envoy

Zalmay Khalilzad was the architect of the US-Taliban deal for a US troop pullout reached in 2020 (File).


The Taliban and the Kabul authorities are far aside in US-backed talks on bringing peace to Afghanistan, with the insurgents demanding “the lion’s share of energy” in any new authorities, the particular US envoy mentioned on Tuesday.

Afghan-born veteran US diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad’s bleak evaluation of the peace course of coincides with Taliban advances on provincial capitals which have uprooted tens of 1000’s of civilians because the US troop pullout nears completion after 20 years of battle.

“At this level, they (the Taliban) are demanding that they take the lion’s share of energy within the subsequent authorities given the army state of affairs as they see it,” Khalilzad advised the Aspen Safety Discussion board in a web-based convention.

The deadlocked negotiations in Doha have been the topic of a phone name on Tuesday between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, with them agreeing on the necessity speed up talks, the US State Division mentioned.

Blinken and Ghani additionally “condemned the continuing Taliban assaults and displacement of the civilian inhabitants,” State Division spokesman Ned Value mentioned in an announcement.

The Taliban’s fast advances have fueled fears that the insurgents intention to re-establish by power their harsh model of Islamist rule ended by the 2001 US-led invasion, together with the repression of girls and the unbiased media.

The insurgents say they need a peace deal.

Value advised reporters that the insurgents would turn out to be “worldwide pariahs” in the event that they renege on their dedication to the negotiations “and the priority on the a part of all of us, one of many many considerations, is that the consequence can be civil battle.”

A automobile bomb blast adopted by sporadic gunfire hit Kabul on Tuesday close to the closely fortified “Inexperienced Zone,” leaving three civilians and three attackers useless.

Khalilzad was the architect of the US-Taliban deal for a US troop pullout reached in February 2020.

In his uncommon public evaluation of the Doha talks began underneath that deal, Khalilzad mentioned peace can solely be reached by a ceasefire and negotiations that will set up a transitional authorities.

Ghani’s administration says the talks ought to concentrate on “bringing the Taliban into the present authorities,” he mentioned.

The Taliban contend that Ghani’s authorities “is the results of army occupation” they usually need an settlement on a transitional authorities and structure, Khalilzad continued.

“They’re far aside,” he mentioned. “They’re attempting to have an effect on one another’s calculus and the phrases by what they’re doing on the battlefield.”

Khalilzad mentioned that 40 years of steady battle “has no legitimacy any extra.”

“It is a battle for a steadiness of energy, dispensation of energy between varied factions, and no Afghans, particularly civilian Afghans, ought to die due to that,” he added in remarks that risked angering the US-backed Ghani authorities.

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