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Only elected representatives should lead Afghan peace deal: India

Vice Daily 2019-12-02 00:19:03

Has warned about peace efforts.  India has said that elected representatives should be the main voice in deciding the future of the country.  Indian diplomat Vidisha Maitra said on Wednesday, "Any solution should have '…




Has warned about peace efforts.  India has said that elected representatives should be the main voice in deciding the future of the country.  Indian diplomat Vidisha Maitra said on Wednesday, "Any solution should have 'constitutional validity' and 'political acceptability' and should not leave the non-governed areas to the terrorists and their supporters so that they exploit that area."

 During the debate on Afghanistan in the General Assembly, Maitra, the First Secretary of India at the United Nations Mission, said, 'In any country, the people of that country and the elected representatives of that country should play a leading role in deciding the future of their country and with Afghanistan.  This has always been the guiding principle of India.
 "The international community should stay organized while supporting these efforts," he said.  He said that at the same time India would 'welcome the opportunities created by many initiatives for a formal peace process at the international, regional and domestic levels'.

 The US is trying to reach a peace deal with the Taliban to bring back US troops from Afghanistan to fulfill President Donald Trump's election promise.  He said, "The shelters of terrorist groups such as the Taliban, the Haqqani network, Al Qaeda and its affiliated organizations, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, beyond Afghanistan's border, must be eliminated."