US News Deep differences between Afghan negotiators and Taliban

15:12  21 september  2020
15:12  21 september  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Les négociations entre le gouvernement afghan et les talibans ont commencé le 12 septembre à Doha, au Qatar. © KARIM JAAFAR / AFP Negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban began on September 12 in Doha, Qatar.

A week after the start of negotiations, in Doha, Qatar, the two sides are unable to find points of agreement.

The positions of the Afghan government and those of the Taliban remain very distant, including on the most basic aspects of the negotiations they started a week ago, observe several observers .

Insurgents continue to refuse a ceasefire, so the conflict continues, as evidenced by the deaths of some 40 people killed in attacks by the Taliban last week.

"Nothing is moving forward"

For the Afghan government, the success of these negotiations is imperative since it will be deprived, from next May, of the military support of the foreign forces present in the territory.

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Since September 12 and the spectacular opening of negotiations in Doha under the patronage of the United States, the two parties have been able to agree on only one point, that of their deep disagreements. "We are talking to a camp that is so tough and inflexible that nothing is going forward," , said an Afghan negotiator. "The first week has shown the extent of the complexity of the talks, not least of which is the question of the future political system," said , said Graham Smith, an independent analyst who follows the negotiations closely.

When in power, the "students of religion" pacified the country while establishing an Islamist regime of which women were the main victims. The Taliban now say they will respect their rights, while keeping them under Sharia, Islamic law, but many women who grew up during the days when religious extremists ruled the country have doubts about this sudden conversion.

According to three diplomats close to the discussions, Kabul and the Taliban differ on the interpretation of Islamic law, in particular with regard to the repression of crimes and offenses, women's rights and freedom of expression.

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