Open letter to President Ghani charts roadmap for peace, urges action

12 Oct 2014

Open letter to President Ghani charts roadmap for peace, urges action

KABUL - A group of Afghan civil society organizations presented today an open letter to Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, highlighting a 10-point roadmap for peace and urging the president to take action on several key issues.

The open letter, developed by the steering committee of the Afghan People’s Dialogue for Peace with the support of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), expresses appreciation for the prominence the president gave in his inaugural address to good governance, human rights and women’s empowerment, as well as the need to tackle widespread corruption while ensuring equitable development.

“We view Afghanistan’s Government of National Unity as the ultimate vehicle to protect and promote the socio-political rights of all Afghans and, accordingly, share and support your vision of securing the rights of all Afghan men and women as the basis for building a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan,” the letter reads.

The efforts of the Afghan People’s Dialogue for Peace have focused on soliciting people’s views on the key drivers of conflict as well as workable responses. To date, more than 6,000 Afghan citizens – men, women and young people – have taken part in the dialogue through focus-groups discussions in all 34 provinces, including in remote, rural areas.

The findings of the most recent phase of the People’s Dialogue were published in the form of a summary report in June 2014, entitled “Afghan People’s Dialogue on Peace: Building the Foundations for an Inclusive Peace Process.”

To view the open letter to President Ghani, please click the following links:

Open Letter in English

Open Letter in Dari

Open Letter in Pashto