US News Afghanistan: 900 Taliban released, Kabul hopes for an extension of the cease-fire

05:05  29 may  2020
05:05  29 may  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Des prisonniers talibans libérés de la prison de Bagram, à 50 km de Kaboul, le 26 mai 2020. © WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP Taliban prisoners released from Bagram prison, 50 km from Kabul, on May 26, 2020.

This Wednesday, May 27 marks the third and final day of the ceasefire in Afghanistan. A 72-hour truce announced by the Taliban and accepted by the Afghan authorities on the occasion of Eid celebrations for the end of Ramadan. President Ashraf Ghani announced on this occasion the release of 2,000 Taliban prisoners and 900 were released on Tuesday.

With our correspondent in Kabul, Sonia Ghezali

Indian lines at the exit of the prisons of Pol-e-Charkhi and Bagram in Kabul, as well as those of 19 other provinces. Liberation started at midday and ended late in the evening. The 900 Taliban prisoners released on Tuesday join the 1,000 other detainees released before the ceasefire . A total of 2,000 Taliban prisoners have been released. President Ashraf Ghani committed to it last Sunday.

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This process of releasing prisoners is very long since it began a few weeks after the signing of the agreement of last February 29 between the Americans and the Taliban. They demand the release of 5,000 prisoners before entering into inter-Afghan talks. In return, they pledge to release 1,000 prisoners from their prisons. They are members of the security forces and government employees.

Inter-Afghan discussions not yet on track

This process has however been interrupted in recent weeks. In particular in the aftermath of the attack on MSF’s maternity unit in Kabul on May 12. The Taliban denied any involvement.

Ashraf Ghani had nevertheless immediately announced the resumption of the Afghan security forces' offensive against the Taliban and the suspension of the release of their men. There is still a long way to go towards peace and towards inter-Afghan discussions. It is also perilous.

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© Provided by Le Point Two employees of an Afghan television channel were killed Saturday by the explosion of a bomb placed by the roadside in Kabul , when the government said it was ready to start negotiations with the Taliban. "An economic journalist and the driver of the minibus died when the vehicle carrying 15 employees of Khurshid TV was struck," Jawed Farhad, the director of this private television channel, told AFP.

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