AFGHANISTAN PEACE DEAL: US Calls For UN Security Council To Give Approval
March. 10, 2020
The United States has called for a Tuesday vote at the UN Security Council to approve Washington's deal with the Taliban that is supposed to pave the way to peace in Afghanistan, diplomats said.
The US military has begun withdrawing troops as part of the February 29 agreement pullout agreed with the Taliban.
The call for a UN vote came after negotiations on a draft resolution, diplomats said on Monday.
The deal which was signed in Qatar is aimed at putting an end to the US's longest war, fought in Afghanistan since 2001.
The agreement seeks the total withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan in 14 months.
It also secured a Taliban guarantee that Afghanistan would not be used as a launching pad for actions that would endanger the security of the US in the future.
By Tuesday, Intra-Afghan negotiations are also set to begin to work out an unchanging and complete ceasefire.
The US-Taliban talks were started in 2018 as part of a push by US President Donald Trump's administration to strike a deal with the armed group, which has been fighting the US-led forces in Afghanistan since being toppled from power in 2001.
The agreement also proposes an intra-Afghan discussion with the government in Kabul and the release of 5,000 Taliban members from prison - although that part of the deal remains invariance.
The Taliban has so far declined to speak to the Western-backed Afghan government, saying it is a 'puppet regime'.
The intra-Afghan talks are to begin on the 10th of March but no precise details have been given
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