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Taliban say they handed cease-fire offer to US peace envoy (16.01.2020)

The Taliban have given the U.S. envoy their offer for a temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan that would last between seven and 10 days, Taliban officials familiar with the negotiations said Thursday.

US special envoy in Kabul amid renewed push for deal (18.12.2019)

[…] U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Ghani discussed several topics including the need for a ceasefire, Ghani's spokesman Sediq Seddiqi said.

Peace will be ‘paramount’ issue for incoming Afghan Government: UN mission chief (16.12.2019)

The search for peace will remain of “paramount importance” to Afghanistan as the country awaits the outcome of the recent presidential election, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Monday. Tadamichi Yamamoto, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA),...

First round of resurrected US-Taliban peace talks open in Qatar (07.12.2019)

Renewed negotiations expected to pave the way for direct talks between Taliban and Kabul to end 18 years of war.

Afghan victims ask ICC to open Afghan war crimes investigation on appeal (04.12.2019)

Lawyers representing victims of the Afghanistan conflict on Wednesday urged the International Criminal Court to allow a war crimes investigation that would include scrutinizing the actions of U.S. forces. ICC judges in April rejected the request of prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to examine atrocities...

US, Taliban to renew push for Afghan peace (04.12.2019)

The United States is set to formally restart peace talks with the Taliban insurgency, nearly three months after President Donald Trump abruptly suspended the year-long process aimed at finding a political settlement to the war in Afghanistan.

Elections to test Uzbekistan's commitment to democratic reform (02.12.2019)

After three years of steady but piecemeal reforms, the government of Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev faces its most demanding test yet -- to persuade the international community through parliamentary and local elections on Dec. 22 that it is truly committed to democratic change.

German defense minister calls for extension of NATO mission in Afghanistan (02.12.2019)

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Monday that she supported an extension of German participation in the NATO mission in Afghanistan. Over 1,000 German troops are currently stationed there.

Vote recount protests erupt in Afghan capital (29.11.2019)

Thousands of supporters of a leading presidential candidate in Afghanistan rallied Friday in the capital, Kabul, demanding election officials halt the ongoing vote recount process to prevent alleged electoral fraud.