The president of the United States, Donald Trump, announced this Sunday that he has canceled the peace negotiations with the Taliban, after the insurgent group has admitted to being behind an attack in Kabul that ended the life of an American soldier and others Twelve people.
“Without almost anyone knowing, the main Taliban leaders and, separately, the president of Afghanistan, were going to meet with me secretly this Sunday at Camp David. After they admitted they were behind the attack in Kabul that killed one of our great soldiers and 11 other people, I have immediately canceled the meeting and the peace negotiations, “said the US president through the social network Twitter.
“What kind of people would kill so many people to seemingly strengthen their negotiating position? They have not succeeded, they have only made the situation worse! If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these important peace talks, and have even been capable of killing 12 innocent people, so they probably don't have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement. How many more decades are they willing to fight? “he added.
The commander of the Central Command (CENTCOM) of the United States Armed Forces, General Kenneth McKenzie, warned on Saturday that the rebound in Taliban attacks in recent weeks “does not help” in the peace negotiations they have with Washington.
“It does not help at all at this time in Afghanistan's history that the Taliban have resorted more to violence,” McKenzie said during an act with journalists in Pakistan.
For McKenzie, it is necessary that “all parties commit themselves to a political agreement” and, in return, reduce violence. “If we do not get it to move forward, it will be more difficult for the parties to comply with the terms of the agreement, whatever they may be,” he added.
Recently the Taliban have launched an offensive against the capital of Kunduz province and have committed two suicide bombings in Kabul, one of which claimed the life of US Army sergeant Elis A. Barreto Ortiz, 34, originally from Puerto Rich. With him there are already 16 Americans killed in Afghanistan alone this year.
The draft of this peace agreement included the withdrawal of thousands of US military in exchange for guarantees that Afghanistan will not become a refuge for al Qaeda, Islamic State or any organization that can attack the United States and its allies.
However, a comprehensive peace agreement to end more than 18 years of war would depend on subsequent “intra-Afghan” talks. The Taliban, meanwhile, have rejected calls for a ceasefire and, instead, have intensified operations across the country.
For Afghans, this increase in attacks by the Taliban has revealed fears that it is impossible to reach a stable agreement. In addition, many are concerned that there is an ethnic and regional fracture among the inhabitants of the country, as reported by the Reuters news agency.