June 4 (Reuters) – Afghan elders and other notables on Friday endorsed proposals by President Hamid Karzai to seek peace with the Taliban, despite the insurgents saying they will not negotiate until all foreign troops leave.[nSGE65307O]
Over 1,600 delegates to a traditional jirga (gathering) debated Karzai’s proposals for three days before agreeing on 200 points they want him to take further
Following are some of the highlights:
* The establishment of a permanent peace commission or other mechanism to take the peace process further.
* The release of prisoners held on false charges or the testimony of rivals.
* Call for both sides to stop fighting.
* Call for both sides to show flexibility and not set preconditions for talks.
* Urges the government to take measures to remove the names of certain insurgent leaders from a United Nations and United States blacklist.
* Calls on insurgents to renounce violence and ties to al Qaeda or other terrorist organisations.
* Peace deal must observe the rights of women and children.
* End to air strikes in civilian areas
* A stop to unneccessary house searches and wrongful arrests.
(Reporting by Sayed Salahuddin; Writing by David Fox; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani; email@example.com; Kabul newsroom: +93 799 335 284)
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