Afghanistan Reconciliation Begins with Peace Talks

US and Taliban representatives will meet for peace talks in Doha, Qatar on September 11th to discuss a possible end to the 17-year Afghanistan war. This is the first meeting of its kind since US troops pulled out of Afghanistan in 2014. The reconciliation process began with a ceasefire that was negotiated by President Ashraf Ghani and former Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Jalil. In

May President Donald Trump announced his intentions to have peace talks with the Taliban as a means to end the war.

There is, now, an unprecedented opportunity to bring an end to this war and usher in a new era of peace and prosperity for all Afghans, US special representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said on September 7.

In a joint statement from Kabul, the Afghan High Peace Council and Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) stressed that peace can only be achieved through a process that engages all relevant groups – including women and through a constitution that protects women’s rights.

Afghanistan’s Constitution clearly states citizens are equal, therefore women should have a voice in the peace process, RAWA said.

This is not the first time women have advocated for their involvement in the reconciliation process. The Bonn Conference initiated by the United Nations in 2001 included several female delegates who fought bravely against the Taliban and other insurgent groups. They held firm to international standards that included the right to education and freedom from forced marriage.

Both Afghan civil society groups want the peace that protects women’s rights. If this is not possible, they will continue the struggle for equality under a new constitution after the war ends.

The Bonn Conference, a peace conference that took place in Germany from December 5 until December 7 of 2001. It was held at the Hofgarten building of Bonn and took part at the Petersberg Hotel. It was attended by senior political representatives from over 70 nations and international organizations as well as Afghans representing various factions. The Afghan delegation was split in half, with the Northern Alliance delegation led by the former deputy foreign minister of Afghanistan Abdul Rahim Karzai representing the United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan UIFSA and Hamed Karzai representing Hezb-e Islami Khalis. The Afghan Peace Jirga 2018 is an organization that welcomes Afghans from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds. They will be holding a peace Jirga from September 29 until October 1 of 2018 at the Kabul International Conference Center.

The Bonn Agreement, also known as the Berlin Agreement, was a peace treaty that sought to resolve the status of Afghanistan after the Taliban’s fall from power in 2001. In this agreement, all signatory countries agreed to work toward building up the current Afghan administration, which had taken over after the Taliban was deposed.