Afghan peace talks resume as bloodshed continues

KABUL (AFP) – A string of assassinations has sowed fear and chaos across Afghanistan as a fresh round of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taleban begin in Qatar tomorrow.

Months of deliberations between the two sides have yielded little so far, but both parties made something of a breakthrough last year when they finally agreed at least on what to discuss in the next round.

Afghan government negotiators will push for a permanent ceasefire and to protect the existing system of governance, in place since the ouster of the Taleban in 2001 by a United States (US)-led invasion in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

“The talks are going to be very complicated and time-consuming,” government negotiator Ghulam Farooq Majroh told AFP.

“But we are hopeful to arrive at a result as soon as possible as people are tired of this bloody war.”