Addressing a select group of people on Sunday evening at Darulaman Palace in Kabul – to mark Independence Day – CEO Abdullah Abdullah essentially said there would be no unilateral ceasefire this Eid.
However he stated that if the insurgents were to respect a ceasefire, one could be announced but without the "other sides" cooperation such a move would be meaningless.
This comes after days of discussions on the subject with politicians, political parties, organizations and foreign stakeholders.
On Sunday, the High Peace Council (HPC) said they had gathered the opinions of members of the public over the past month on a ceasefire and had forwarded their findings to President Ashraf Ghani.
Earlier in the day, sources told TOLOnews that government was still discussing the issue and had not reached a final decision.
HPC spokesman Sayed Ehsan Taheri said their findings show that people want a permanent ceasefire between government and Taliban.
“We have finalized the ceasefire plan which was asking the people’s opinions. The people want a long-term ceasefire not an interim one. They want the ceasefire to help both sides, government and Taliban, to trust on each other and start direct talks,” said Taheri.
Members of Parliament meanwhile said another ceasefire should be a bilateral ceasefire, not a uniliteral ceasefire.
“Another ceasefire should be a bilateral ceasefire and should be guaranteed. This ceasefire should pave the ground for a lasting ceasefire,” MP Sayed Ali Kazimi said.
Sources from government said government had ordered security forces to be alert over Eid days.