U.S. urges disputes over Afghan election be settled without ‘use or threat of violence’
US urges Afghanistan to focus on peaceful settlement
State Department commented on the announcement of the results of the presidential elections in Afghanistan
The US State Department has commented on the February 18, 2020 announcement of the Afghan Independent Election Commission of the results of the September 28, 2019 election in favor of President Ashraf Ghani. In connection with the questions that have arisen regarding the electoral process, the Department of State expects that the issues will be resolved in accordance with constitutional and legal procedures.
“We call on the new government to be inclusive and reflect the aspirations of all Afghan citizens,” the agency said. – Leaders of the country and their supporters must ensure that political debates are conducted in a calm manner, without the use or threats of violence. They must also refrain from destabilizing actions, including attempts to create parallel government structures that are inconsistent with the constitution and the rule of law. Such actions call into question the sovereignty and unity of the country, which the United States strongly supports. “.
“The Afghan people want peace,” the State Department underlines. – The time has come to focus not on electoral politics, but on measures aimed at achieving long-term peace, ending the war with the Taliban and finding a political settlement formula that can serve the interests of all citizens of the country through intra-Afghan negotiations, which, we expect, will begin in March. We call on all parties to participate in the process and support the establishment of an agreed national peace framework that will enable the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to prepare and lead these negotiations. We thank the Afghan government for the decision to postpone the presidential inauguration to give Afghans enough time to agree on these issues. “.
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