MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
On March 18, 2021, a regular meeting of the expanded “troika” of representatives of Russia, China, the United States and Pakistan was held in Moscow, dedicated to promoting the inter-Afghan process in order to achieve a diplomatic settlement and a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire. The event was attended by delegations of the Government and the Supreme Council of National Reconciliation of the IRA, prominent Afghan political figures, the Taliban Movement, as well as Qatar and Turkey as guests of honor.
Acting in the spirit of the discussions and the provisions of the joint statements following the meetings in the specified format on March 22, April 25, July 11 and October 25, 2019, online conferences on June 3 and November 30, 2020, the member states of the expanded troika agreed:
We recognize the widespread and sincere demand by the Afghan people for a lasting and just peace and an end to the war, and reaffirm that sustainable peace can be achieved through a political and diplomatic settlement.
We call on all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan to reduce the level of violence in the country and the Taliban Movement not to declare a spring-summer offensive campaign in order to avoid further casualties and create a favorable atmosphere for achieving a politico-diplomatic settlement.
As stated in UN Security Council Resolution 2513 (2020), we do not support the restoration of the Islamic Emirate and call on the Government and the Supreme Council for National Reconciliation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to openly begin a discussion on a diplomatic settlement with the Taliban Movement.
We call on the participants in the inter-Afghan talks to begin without delay discussion of fundamental issues of conflict resolution, including the foundations of a future peaceful and stable Afghan state, the content of a political roadmap leading to an inclusive government, and the modality of a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire. At this turning point, our four nations are calling on the parties to negotiate and conclude a peace agreement that will end more than four decades of war in Afghanistan.
We firmly advocate a sustainable and just political settlement that will lead to the formation of an independent, sovereign, united, peaceful, democratic and self-sufficient Afghanistan, free from terrorism and the drug industry, which in turn will contribute to the formation of favorable factors for the voluntary, sustainable and rapid return of Afghan refugees, stability and global security.
We call on all Afghans, including the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban, to ensure that terrorists and terrorist groups do not use Afghan territory to threaten the security of any other country.
We reaffirm that any peace agreement must include the protection of the rights of all Afghans, including women, men, children, war victims and minorities, and must respond to the strong desire of all Afghans for socio-economic and political development and the rule of law.
We encourage all concerned countries to support the Afghan people and contribute to sustainable peace for the benefit of all. We reaffirm our commitment to mobilize international political and economic support for Afghanistan after a political settlement.
We appreciate the continued support of the State of Qatar to the peace process and support the continuation of discussions between the negotiating teams of the parties in Doha, which began in September 2020 and led to significant progress towards a political settlement.
We recognize and welcome all international efforts that are currently being made to promote and support an early diplomatic settlement. We note the appointment by UN Secretary General A. Guterres J. Arnot as his personal envoy for Afghanistan and regional issues. We welcome the positive and constructive role of the UN in the Afghan national reconciliation process.
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