TOLOnews 10pm News 21 July 2019
The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, who is visiting Kabul, at a press conference on Sunday said the peace process in Afghanistan is not inclusive as it should be and that it should reflect aspirations of all Afghans with women at the center of the process.
“Concerns about I think the inclusiveness of a process. I think when you are laying out a timeline and stakeholder engagement in a process that is the most concerning. How representatives are the people of the issues that need to be discussed in that process? You can see some of those negotiations that have taken place in Russia, in Doha and I think they will continue to happen. So I think representation, people’s feelings that they are involved in the process, this is where we say that really without women at the center of this, it will not work,” she said.
Some presidential candidates said on Sunday that they doubt the Afghan government and the Independent Election Commission’s will to hold timely elections as according to them there is “ambiguity” around the ongoing peace process which has seen new momentum earlier this month.
The presidential elections are scheduled for September 28 and, meanwhile, reports indicate that there is the possibility of a peace deal ahead of the polls.