Afghanistan.- Loya Yirga approves the release of 400 Taliban prisoners "to clear the path to peace"

16/11/2001 Former Taliban fighters in Jalalabad POLITICS ASIA AFGHANISTAN INTERNATIONAL SPENCER PLATT (SPENCER PLATT /)

MADRID, 9 (EUROPA PRESS)

Loya Yirga, the grand assembly of the Afghan people with representation of relevant figures from the country’s political and civil society, approved on Sunday the release of 400 Taliban prisoners in order to “pave the way for peace negotiations” and prevent further “spillages of blood”.

The announcement is made by the television channel Tolo News, referring to a previous draft issued by the assembly itself, which should undergo “minor changes” before being definitively approved during the day.

This group of prisoners is on the list delivered by the Taliban to the United States after the signing, on February 29, of its historic peace agreement, which provided for the release of 5,000 insurgents and 1,000 members of the security forces with a view to the beginning of the peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the armed group.

This release process is being the main obstacle to the initiation of contacts due to the Executive’s refusal to accept the entire list presented by the Taliban to Washington, since Kabul did not participate in the referred process of talks and does not feel obliged to its conclusions.

Some of them were accused of blood and terrorism crimes, for which the president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, left the liberation in the hands of Loya Yirga, who hours earlier in favor “in principle” of carrying out this liberation.

Among the figures present at the grand assembly this Sunday are President Ghani himself, as well as his immediate predecessor in office, Hamid Karzai, former Vice President Mohamad Karim Jalili or political leader Mohamad Mohaqiq.

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