Civil Society’s Role is Important in Peace Process
FEFA’s leadership met Dr. Alema Alema, the deputy minister of State Ministry for Peace to share its proposals and recommendations on peace with the ministry. At the beginning of the meeting, Mr. Naeem Asghari acting director of FEFA talked about role of the civil society in the peace process and said, “Unfortunately, the civil society has been ignored in the peace process. However, the civil society has also been unable to play positive role in the process. Civil society is a bridge between the government and the public and its duty is transferring public voice and demands to the government.” Mr. Asghari added that FEFA has conducted several programs for peace over the past 2 years in Kabul and provinces. He said that FEFA conducted consultation meetings in 8 provinces of Afghanistan and subsequently separate meetings with the political parties, civil society organizations, women groups, ulema, youth groups and university lecturers about peace the result of which was a declaration contains 35 articles on peace process. Then Mr. Mohammad Omid Noorzai, head Election and Peace Department of FEFA talked about FEFA’s initiative for peace and said, “FEFA media monitored the peace talks between the US government and the Taliban and produced a media monitoring report. FEFA also media monitored the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha and shared its report with the relevant organizations with specific recommendations.” He added that FEFA will conduct a research on democratic values in the constitutions of Islamic Countries to defend the democratic values during the negotiations by referencing the research findings. Subsequently, Dr. Alema, Alema, deputy minister of State Ministry for Peace thanked FEFA for taking active role in peace process and said, “I have been really impressed by what FEFA has done so far for peace. FEFA’s proposals are useful for the Afghan peace process and I promise to use them and share them with all relevant bodies.” At the end of the meeting, she promised to invite FEFA’s representatives in the meetings with the members of the Afghan government’s negotiation team to share their proposal and recommendations with them directly.
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