Dec­la­ra­tion of the Tashkent Con­fer­ence on Afghanistan: Peace Process, Se­cu­rity Co­op­er­a­tion and Re­gional Con­nec­tiv­ity

Tashkent, Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan 26-27 March 2018

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We the par­tic­i­pants of the Tashkent Con­fer­ence: 1) Ac­knowl­edge that peace and se­cu­rity in Afghanistan are es­sen­tial for en­sur­ing sta­bil­ity and pros­per­ity in the re­gion and bring­ing an end to the many years of vi­o­lence and suf­fer­ing of the Afghan peo­ple. There­fore, we rec­og­nize that a po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment that is Afghan-led and Afghan-owned, sup­ported by close re­gional counter-ter­ror­ism and counter-nar­cotics co­op­er­a­tion, and re­gional eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion and con­nec­tiv­ity are key to the peace and pros­per­ity of Afghanistan and the en­tire re­gion;

2) Re­it­er­ate our sup­port to Res­o­lu­tions and the de­ci­sions of the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly and Se­cu­rity Coun­cil in­clud­ing on the new part­ner­ship formed be­tween Afghanistan and Cen­tral Asia fol­low­ing the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil meet­ing on Cen­tral Asia and Afghanistan held on 19 Jan­uary 2018 in New York;

3) Re­spect sovereignty, in­de­pen­dence, ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and na­tional unity of Afghanistan and the ef­forts of its peo­ple and govern­ment for bring­ing peace, sta­bil­ity and de­vel­op­ment to their coun­try;

4) Rec­og­nize the im­por­tance of in­ter­na­tional and re­gional ini­tia­tives to pro­mote peace and sta­bil­ity in Afghanistan that is Afghan-led and Afghan-owned, in par­tic­u­lar the Kabul Process, as a main fo­rum and ve­hi­cle un­der the lead­er­ship of the Afghan Govern­ment to lead peace ef­forts to end vi­o­lence in Afghanistan;

5) Sup­port Cen­tral Asian states' ef­forts to­ward ad­vanc­ing the peace process and so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of Afghanistan, and their in­volve­ment in re­gional po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic pro­cesses;

6) Em­pha­size the im­por­tance of the Tashkent Con­fer­ence on Afghanistan: Peace Process, Se­cu­rity Co­op­er­a­tion and Re­gional Con­nec­tiv­ity as a con­tin­u­a­tion of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity’s ef­forts in sup­port of Afghan-led and Afghanowned peace and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion process;

7) Voice our strong back­ing for the Na­tional Unity Govern­ment’s of­fer to launch di­rect talks with the Tal­iban, with­out any pre­con­di­tions, with the ul­ti­mate goal of reach­ing the com­pre­hen­sive peace agree­ment with the Tal­iban that is backed by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity; and call upon the Tal­iban to ac­cept this of­fer for a peace process that is Afghan-led and Afghan-owned and in ac­cor­dance with the rel­e­vant Res­o­lu­tions of the Gen­eral As­sem­bly and the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil of the United Na­tions;

8) Em­pha­size that a po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment with the Tal­iban is the best way to end vi­o­lence in Afghanistan, and there is need for di­rect peace talks be­tween the Govern­ment of Afghanistan and rec­on­cil­able el­e­ments of the Tal­iban with­out any pre­con­di­tions;

9) Re­it­er­ate our sup­port to the ef­forts of the Govern­ment of Afghanistan to be­gin di­rect talks with the Tal­iban and ac­knowl­edge the Kabul Process as a main fo­rum and ve­hi­cle along with other re­gional and in­ter­na­tional peace ini­tia­tives on Afghanistan;

10) Call on the Tal­iban to rec­og­nize their share of re­spon­si­bil­ity for bring­ing peace and se­cu­rity to Afghanistan in or­der to end the suf­fer­ing of the Afghan peo­ple and of­fi­cially declare their will­ing­ness for en­ter­ing into di­rect peace talks with the Govern­ment of Afghanistan with full sup­port from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity through a mu­tu­ally agreed for­mat;

11) Urge the Afghan Govern­ment and the Tal­iban to move to­wards a po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment. An in­clu­sive peace agree­ment will be a vic­tory for all its par­ties and a de­feat for none. It should guar­an­tee the in­clu­sion of the Tal­iban in the po­lit­i­cal process as a le­git­i­mate po­lit­i­cal ac­tor, the re­nun­ci­a­tion by the Tal­iban of vi­o­lence and break­ing of all ties to in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism, in­clud­ing Al-Qaeda, ISIS/Daesh and other Transna­tional Ter­ror­ist Net­works (TTNs), as well as the re­spect of the Afghan Con­sti­tu­tion in­clud­ing the equal rights of all Afghans;

12) Stress the im­por­tance of women’s full and mean­ing­ful par­tic­i­pa­tion in Afghan rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, se­cu­rity and econ­omy, pledge con­tin­ued sup­port for in­ter­na­tional ef­forts aimed at Afghan women’s em­pow­er­ment, and re­main fully com­mit­ted to sup­port the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Afghanistan’s Na­tional Ac­tion Plan on Women, Peace, and Se­cu­rity;

13) Sup­port the Govern­ment of Afghanistan in cre­at­ing favourable con­di­tions for the start and progress of the peace talks through pro­vi­sion of ef­fec­tive in­cen­tives and op­pose with nec­es­sary mea­sures those who prove them­selves ir­rec­on­cil­able to peace, con­tinue to com­mit vi­o­lence, blood­shed and atroc­i­ties and pro­vide as­sis­tance to TTNs;

14) Call on all coun­tries to re­spect the sovereignty and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of Afghanistan and non­in­ter­fer­ence in its in­ter­nal af­fairs in or­der to achieve its se­cu­rity, sta­bil­ity and pros­per­ity;

15) Pledge our sup­port for a peace­ful Afghanistan from where ter­ror­ism will not be able to threaten other coun­tries and which can fully rely on its own forces in cre­at­ing se­cu­rity on its ter­ri­tory;


16) Con­demn the re­cent heinous at­tacks against the peo­ple of Afghanistan and ex­press our strong sol­i­dar­ity, de­nounce ter­ror­ism in all its forms and man­i­fes­ta­tions with­out any dis­tinc­tion and ac­knowl­edge the se­ri­ous and common threats em­a­nat­ing from the nexus be­tween trans-na­tional ter­ror­ism, nar­cotics and or­ga­nized crime to the se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity of Afghanistan, the re­gion and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity at large;

17) Em­pha­size the im­por­tance of prac­ti­cal re­gional and in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion for the elim­i­na­tion of ter­ror­ism in all its forms and man­i­fes­ta­tions in ac­cor­dance with the UN Global Counter-Ter­ror­ism Strat­egy and rel­e­vant UNSC res­o­lu­tions;

18) Stress the im­por­tance of in­ten­si­fied prac­ti­cal ef­forts by the Govern­ment of Afghanistan in co­op­er­a­tion with re­gional and in­ter­na­tional part­ners to ad­dress drug pro­duc­tion and traf­fick­ing, pre­cur­sor and weapons smug­gling as a main source of fi­nanc­ing ter­ror­ism;

19) Rec­og­nize that ter­ror­ism, nar­cotics and or­ga­nized crime are in­ter­linked global threats and re­quire a common strat­egy based on the UN Global Counter Ter­ror­ism Strat­egy;

20) Af­firm that all se­cu­rity as­sis­tance to Afghanistan should be pro­vided through the Afghan Govern­ment and strongly op­pose any pro­vi­sion of fi­nan­cial sup­port, ma­te­rial as­sis­tance or arms to the Tal­iban and ISIS/Daesh, which only serves to desta­bi­lize Afghanistan and pro­long the con­flict;


21) Sup­port the re­cent progress in re­gional eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion and con­nec­tiv­ity projects that rec­og­nize Afghanistan as a nat­u­ral land-bridge con­nect­ing Cen­tral Asia with South Asia and the wider re­gion. Eco­nomic in­te­gra­tion of Afghanistan in the re­gion will fur­ther con­trib­ute to last­ing peace and sta­bil­ity in Afghanistan and the wider re­gion;

22) Stress that the timely im­ple­men­ta­tion of re­gional trade-transit, trans­port, en­ergy, in­fra­struc­ture, com­mu­ni­ca­tion projects con­nect­ing Afghanistan to its im­me­di­ate neigh­bour­hood and the wider re­gion will pro­vide tan­gi­ble ben­e­fit to the peo­ple of the re­gion, as a whole, im­prove liveli­hoods, and re­in­force on­go­ing ef­forts to pro­mote peace and com­bat ter­ror­ism and il­licit ac­tiv­i­ties;

23) Ac­knowl­edge that, draw­ing on the pre­vi­ous ini­tia­tives, the Tashkent Con­fer­ence on Afghanistan: Peace Process, Se­cu­rity Co­op­er­a­tion & Re­gional Con­nec­tiv­ity pro­vided a unique op­por­tu­nity for open and com­pre­hen­sive dis­cus­sions on a wide range of is­sues re­gard­ing the Afghan peace process, coun­tert­er­ror­ism and counter-nar­cotics ef­forts, re­gional eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion and stim­u­lated the elab­o­ra­tion of mu­tu­ally agreed so­lu­tions;

24) Ex­press deep grat­i­tude to the Govern­ment of Uzbek­istan for the tra­di­tional hos­pi­tal­ity and ex­cel­lent or­ga­ni­za­tion of the high­level Con­fer­ence in Tashkent, as well as the de­ter­mined ef­forts to es­tab­lish a broad and firm re­gional and in­ter­na­tional consensus on the is­sues of peace, se­cu­rity and re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity.

This dec­la­ra­tion was adopted in Tashkent, Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan, by Afghanistan, China, France, Ger­many, In­dia, Iran, Italy, Ja­pan, Kaza­khstan, Kyr­gyzs­tan, Pak­istan, Qatar, Rus­sia, Saudi Ara­bia, Ta­jik­istan, Turkey, Turk­menistan, United Arab Emi­rates, United King­dom, United States, Uzbek­istan, EU and UN.

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