World Afghanistan: Authorities release Taliban prisoners

11:10  14 august  2020
11:10  14 august  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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The Afghan government began releasing the last 400 Taliban prisoners , paving the way for long-delayed peace talks between the two sides. On the weekend, an Afghan grand assembly of elders approved the release of the 400 Taliban prisoners accused of "major" crimes after authorities

The prisoner release has been one of the Taliban 's top demands for moving forward with peace negotiations with the Afghan government. After the Doha agreement, Kabul released all but the last 400 Islamist prisoners , prompting the Taliban to allege that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was not

Les autorités afghanes ont commencé à libérer 400 prisonniers talibans en vue d'un accord de paix. © Afghanistan's National Security Council (NSC) / AFP Afghan authorities have started releasing 400 Taliban prisoners for a peace agreement.

The Afghan authorities announced on Friday that they had started to release the 400 Taliban prisoners. Their release should allow the start of peace negotiations.

National Security Council spokesman Javid Faisal tweeted that a group of 80 detainees were released on Thursday August 13, which will "accelerate efforts for direct talks and a ceasefire. -sustainable and national fire ”.

The fate of these 400 Taliban was one of the main brakes at the start of the negotiations, often postponed, between the insurgents and the Afghan government, which had undertaken to proceed to an exchange of prisoners.

Afghan grand assembly gathers to decide fate of Taliban prisoners

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The Taliban are demanding that the Afghan authorities release 5,000 prisoners on the basis of an agreement with the United States. These talks were initially scheduled to commence on March 10 but have been delayed due to Afghanistan ’s electoral crisis and mutual disagreements over the release

The Afghan government has released 100 Taliban members from prison . It says it is trying to curb the spread of coronavirus in jails, but this is also the first step in a deal signed between the Taliban and the United States, aimed at ending nearly 20 years of war in Afghanistan .

Prisoners involved in attacks

A “loya jirga”, a large Afghan assembly made up of thousands of dignitaries, state officials and tribal chiefs, accepted this Sunday the principle of the liberation of the 400 Taliban. President Ashraf Ghani on Monday signed a decree ordering their release, his services said.

Some of the prisoners, however, were involved in deadly attacks which killed Afghans and foreigners, including several French. And 44 are particularly watched by the United States and other countries for their role in attacks targeting high profile targets.

Kabul has already released nearly 5,000 Taliban, but the Afghan authorities had so far refused to release the last 400 captives claimed by the insurgents.

The release of "hardened criminals" and drug traffickers will "likely represent a danger for us, for (the United States) and for the world," Ashraf Ghani warned Thursday during a video conference organized by a Washington think tank, the Council on Foreign Relations. Peace comes at a cost and with this liberation "we are paying the biggest installment, which means that peace will have consequences," he said.

(With agencies)

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