US Taliban Negotiations: Cease Fire Versus Reduction of Violence

US special envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad is in Qatar over the past week to achieve a breakthrough in talks with the Taliban. He has held an informal meeting with Taliban deputy leader Abdul Ghani Baradar but formal talks are yet to begin.

Defining the ways to prevent violence appears to be a contentious issue that is stalling progress.

The Afghan government is insisting on a cease fire even if it is of a short duration rather than reduction of violence in the cities which has been proposed and is acceptable to the Taliban. The reasons for the government’s contention is very obvious as reduction of violence remains a very vague term and thus will be very difficult to monitor,................

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