The pipeline of peace
The new pipeline, which promises far greater riches than what the rebels can make growing opium, furthers negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban.
- Monday, 30 April 2018
‘‘Taliban leaders, the decision is in your hands. Accept peace, sit at the negotiating table and let’s build the country together”. With these words, Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani, addressed the main Afghan anti-government group on 28 February 2018, oﬀering the most generous negotiating proposal ever tabled so far. It oﬀered the Taliban recognition as a political party, the implicit guarantee of immunity, the possibility of reviewing the constitution, inclusion in the institutional framework, a political oﬃce in Kabul and, for the ﬁrst time, a proposed ceaseﬁre. Some of the concessions had already been suggested in the past. But what really mattered was the overall scope of the proposal and the symbolic signiﬁcance Ghani had assigned to it by making it public and adopting a conciliatory tone.