Karzai insists on practical steps for Washington agreement
23 January, 2013
KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai met with David Pearce, the acting special representative of the United States to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
According to a statement released by Afghan presidential palace media office, "Issues of mutual interest discussed in the meeting included President Karzai’s recent visit to the US, which was described as very productive. Other topic of discussion was the peace process and the Qatar Office." The source further added, "President Karzai once again thanked the US for the warm hospitality it extended to the Afghan delegation and noted that it was important that the US now puts into practice the agreements reached in Washington, in particular the full transfer of Bagram prison to Afghan authority and any delay, otherwise, may raise suspicion among the people of Afghanistan."
"On the issue of Qatar Office to be opened for peace talks with the Taliban, President Karzai once again underlined Afghan government’s position that: those Taliban who take part in the peace negotiations must prove their credibility and hold verifiable authorization of the Taliban leadership", the statement added.
The statement issued by presidential palace also added, "The President also added that there must be clear and written understanding among Afghanistan, the US and Qatar on the opening of the Office and the follow up arrangements for the peace process."
President Karzai made it clear that only the High Peace Council can represent the people of Afghanistan at the peace talks, as it was authorized by the Peace Jirga and created by the will of the Afghan people.