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Norway hosts secret Afghan peace meeting. Norway has invited over 20 countries to Oslo to find possible peace solutions between Afghanistan and nearby nations. Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre has quietly gathered all of Afghanistan’s neighbors, including Pakistan, India and Iran. Friday’s invitation has also been extended to permanent members of the UN Security Council such as The United States, China, Russia, France and Britain. The peace talks are a result of recent prolonged and intense Norwegian diplomatic efforts to end 32 years of war. Their goal is to work out a common platform for a regional cooperation between Afghanistan and the other countries, reports Bergens Tidende (BT).

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Norway hosts secret Afghan peace meeting

Published on Thursday, 29th September, 2011 at 13:03 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.

Norway has invited over 20 countries to Oslo to find possible peace solutions between Afghanistan and nearby nations.

Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre has quietly gathered all of Afghanistan’s neighbors, including Pakistan, India and Iran. Friday’s invitation has also been extended to permanent members of the UN Security Council such as The United States, China, Russia, France and Britain.

The peace talks are a result of recent prolonged and intense Norwegian diplomatic efforts to end 32 years of war. Their goal is to work out a common platform for a regional cooperation between Afghanistan and the other countries, reports Bergens Tidende (BT).

“I have no illusions that neighboring countries would stop using Afghanistan to promote their own interests. Nevertheless, we hope to create a potential for strengthened cooperation in the region,” says Foreign Minister Støre.

Reaching an agreement may be difficult. Whilst Afghanistan’s -Pakistani relations are difficult following accusations Pakistan was involved in last week’s murder of former president Burhanuddin Rabbani, Chairman of the Afghan Peace Council. US Defence Chief Mike Mullen also alleges the recent rebel attack on the country’s embassy in Kabul was helped by information from Pakistan’s Intelligence-Services Intelligence agency (ISI).

According to BT, Støre has also led secret informal talks between these countries in Oslo, Dubai and Istanbul, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had hushed these up. It was thought establishing relations would be easier without the media and an official agenda.

This Friday’s meeting is the first official in this process. The invited countries’ representatives will each have two people with them in the room, and a working lunch will separate the two working sessions.

“Afghanistan has been a crossroads in many conflicts. Getting the players to meet to discuss common interests is a major step”, the Foreign Minister says.

Two other meetings will follow later this year, first in Afghanistan at the beginning of November to make binding decisions in cooperation with Istanbul. The second will be held in December at a major Afghanistan summit in Bonn. More than 1,000 delegates from 90 nations are expected to discuss Afghanistan’s future.



Published on Thursday, 29th September, 2011 at 13:03 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.

This post has the following tags: jonasgahrstoere, secretafghanistantalksoslo.





  
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