Moscow peace talks: Taliban says Afghan Constitution ‘illegitimate’, an obstacle to peace

Taliban, at the Moscow peace talks, has said that the current Afghan Constitution is “ not legitimate” and was an obstacle to peace, reported TOLOnews.

“The current Constitution is illegitimate and has been imposed on Afghans by Kabul’s administration; Afghanistan’s Constitution must be ratified by Afghanistan’s religious scholars and academics so that it will be acceptable to the Afghan people,” said Taliban’s chief negotiator.

Stanakzai said that once US forces withdraw, the Taliban will not demand political monopoly and that in order to achieve sustainable peace, the names of Taliban leaders must be removed from the US blacklist so that they can travel freely in their efforts for peace.

Opening the talks, former president Hamid Karzai said he hopes Pakistan and Afghanistan can forge good relations going forward and that the Moscow talks will end on a positive note.

Karzai said a democratic and free Afghanistan can be achieved if there is unity among the people. He also welcomed US’s efforts for peace.

However, President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani has said the Afghan politicians attending the Moscow Talks have no executive authorities and are not officially representing Afghanistan.

Ghani said a peace deal with the Taliban will not be implemented unless there is nationwide consensus. He said the Taliban’s move to cut ties with al-Qaeda was a major step forward in the peace process.


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