No Timeline for Peace as Afghans Wait to Repatriate Home, Analysis
This analysis talks about the election results that were announced on Sunday, an opportunity for a shared government between Taliban and Afghans, and for millions of people to repatriate to their homeland.
So far, a timeline for the peace process has yet to be created despite all parties want peace including Taliban, Afghans and US public.
Since 2001-2002 millions of people have been killed in Afghanistan due to the US policy to continue fighting even though the Taliban at one point wanted to surrender according to one former Afghan minister.
During the last term of government in Afghanistan, we clearly witnessed the formation of a shared government between Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani. Since this process of a shared government has been tested, the Taliban have a chance to accept such role in a government but without the Afghani government support, they may return back to failure.
Some progress has been made in Afghanistan particularly with respect to the currency. Afghan people now only uses Afghani currency instead of other currencies. We will see development area to continue to be worked on since many many people would like to repatriate back to their home country.
The American election is set to take place in late 2020. So far, US President Donald Trump has refused to sign an agreement with Taliban for pulling all troops out of the war-torn country. This alone will not help unless Afghans and Taliban first work out the vision for the country by themselves and form a coalition government for the people as explained above.
In short, although the current president of Afghanistan would likely not sign an agreement with Taliban, but the pressure for opportunity must come by the US government. A shared government has already been tested in Afghanistan, and both Taliban and Afghans will have part in decision making process.
This analysis is written by Meladul Haq Ahmadzai, a political analyst based in Ottawa, Canada. Visit his website at www.ahmadzai.ca