Russia’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov told Anadolu Agency that Russia to help the U.S. and Taliban overcome the impasse in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump canceling talks at Camp David with the Taliban and the Afghan government earlier this month, apparently on the verge of an agreement.
"We have been providing diplomatic assistance,” said Kabulov, pledging consultations with both sides as well as with the regional partners to reopen the talks.
Kabulov said Russia is stressing the need to continue the dialogue, while the Taliban has "certified its readiness to retake its place at the negotiating table.”
"In addition, we count on holding consultations with our American partners in the nearest future and urge them to return to the dialogue,” he added.
“We also maintain contact with colleagues from other countries on the Afghan settlement, discussing the pause in the U.S.-Taliban dialogue. In the same vein, we expect that we will be able to hold the next round of the Russia-China-U.S. ‘Troika’ meetings with the integration of Pakistan on the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly in New York."
'When diplomats fall silent, guns begin to speak'
Moscow is sure that there is no alternative to a political and diplomatic path to Afghan settlement and is looking to a resumption of the talks between the U.S. and Taliban with the signing of a peace accord as an outcome, Kabulov said.
"According to a well-known saying, when diplomats fall silent, guns begin to speak. Unfortunately, the protracting of the ‘pause’ in the negotiation process leads to an escalation of hostilities. We are already witnessing an increase in armed activity on the part of both pro-government forces and the armed opposition," said Kabulov.
The diplomat stressed that "a new cycle of violence" leads to more civilian casualties, more suffering for the people of Afghanistan , and more refugees and destruction.
"Therefore we call on the parties to refrain from escalating hostilities and to return to the negotiating table as soon as possible," Kabulov said.
Another impact the current crisis has on Afghan political life is reviving the presidential elections set for Sept. 28, as the U.S.-Taliban deal had suggested forming an interim government with the movement's representation, he said.