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Afghanistan: Peace Negotiations

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of William Bain William Bain Shadow Minister (Scotland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

(1) what representations his Department has made to the Government of Afghanistan on the adoption of benchmarks in respect of the joint implementation of human rights obligations arising from reconciliation talks with insurgent groups;

(2) what representations his Department has made to the Government of Afghanistan on the human rights obligations of parties involved in reconciliation talks with insurgent groups.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

We have made clear that any political settlement should be inclusive and address the concerns of all Afghan citizens. We welcome the work of the Government of Afghanistan to take forward a political process of reconciliation and reintegration for Afghans who meet its end-state conditions of renouncing violence, breaking ties with al-Qaeda and abiding by the Afghan Constitution, including its protection for all Afghan men and women.

We continue to remind the Afghan Government to uphold its commitments to protect the human rights of all Afghans.

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