For a conflict in its twelfth year with no let up in the violence, a roadmap to peace sounds too good to be true. But that is what Afghanistan’s High Peace Council has come up with. A four-page document which lays out some very clear directions, along with deadlines for a series of ambitious milestones. The question is whether it represents a journey in the real world, and trip into fantasy.
Much of it does indeed read like wishful thinking. The Afghan Peace Process Roadmap to 2015, first revealed by the McClatchy news agency, envisages direct talks between the Kabul government and the Taliban early next year, with Saudi Arabia as the preferred venue, and a ceasefire not long after, along with arrangements for insurgents to be reintegrated and their leaders to be given a slice of power.
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