FEFA held a conference to launch the Proposed Declaration on Afghan Peace process
The Free and Fair Elections Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) conducted a conference to launch the Proposed Declaration on Afghan Peace process where sixty representatives from political parties, politicians, civil societies, religious scholars, women, university teachers, experts and activists attended on Thursday, March 5, 2020. The conference began with the recitation of verses from the holy Quran and national anthem. Then Mohammad Yousuf Rashid, executive director of FEFA, in addition to welcoming the audience, presented the purpose of the conference. FEFA’s executive director spoke about the importance and necessity of ending war and establishing a long lasting peace and enjoying benefits of stability in the country. Mr. Rashid said “stopping the war and ending the bloodshed and violence in Afghanistan has been a great desire of the Afghan people for the last forty years. The successive war in Afghanistan, besides casualties and deaths has caused many financial losses and has ruined the country's economic infrastructure. This war has caused deaths and damages to dozens of Afghan civilians and forced millions to migrate to other countries. Therefore, Afghan people are passionate about peace and stability and they support any action that can lead to peace and stability”. He also provided information on FEFA proposed declaration and the reasons that FEFA was working on the peace process. Mr. Rashid said:" FEFA has held consultative meetings in 5 zones over the country level and 5 special meetings with political parties, civil society organizations, scholars, university professors, women's rights activists, and youths on the Afghan peace process and the roadmap for the process. The declaration was then drafted based on the suggestions collected from participants.
Subsequently, Mohammed Omid Noorzai, FEFA’s election programs officer, provided briefing on the suggestions of the declaration. He spoke on the methodology of preparing the declaration and said, “This declaration includes 25 recommendations to the Afghan government, 5 proposals by the Afghan political parties, and 8 red lines specified by the Afghan people that should not be sacrificed by peace negotiations. He said, "The main suggestions of the declaration were creating national, regional and global consensus, as well as the formulation of short, medium and long-term peace negotiation strategies. He added, "Drafting of agenda for peace talks and time allocation to each phase of the talks are other parts of the proposals included in the Declaration. He also outlined the mechanism of proposed declaration for peace talks and explained the role of political parties in the process. He also told that the red lines of Afghan people should not be sacrificed for the peace process. In continuation, Azizullah Dean Mohammed, the deputy of High Peace Council, discussed the need and importance of peace in the country and the formation of a united alliance for peace among political elites, scholars, civil society, government, women, the tribal elders, and the youths, all with one voice harmoniously engage into the talks with Taliban, so that national interests, national values and 19 years achievements are defended and safeguarded. Similarly, Kabul University Professor, Saifuddin Saihoon at the beginning of his speech, appreciated FEFA for its usual and on-time action and efforts regarding very important and national matters and then expressed the dos and donts of the peace in the country, and termed the publish of the proposed Declaration on Afghan peace process as an outstanding and timely initiative of FEFA. He called on all institutions that work on the peace process especially the government to use the comprehensive, technical and professional proposed declaration of FEFA for advancing the peace process. At the end, questions related to the declaration were answered by the speakers.
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