UN / AFGHANISTAN PEACE PROCESS

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The spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, announced a “high-level and inclusive conference” between representatives of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban to take place in Istanbul from 24 April to the 4 May. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 13 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

13 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric at the podium
3. Wide shot, press
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The Republic of Turkey, the State of Qatar, and the United Nations said they are co-convening a high level and inclusive conference from the 24th of April to the 4th of May between the representatives of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban. Turkey will be hosting the conference in Istanbul. The statement said that the co-conveners are committed to supporting a sovereign, independent and unified Afghanistan. It adds that the overriding objective of the Istanbul Conference on the Afghanistan Peace Process is to accelerate and complement the ongoing intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha on the achievement of a just and durable political settlement.”
5. Med shot, reporter
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Participation in the Conference and its agenda have been the subject of extensive consultations with the Afghan parties. The Conference will focus on helping the negotiating parties reach a set of shared, fundamental principles that reflect an agreed vision for a future Afghanistan, a roadmap to a future political settlement, and of course, an end to the conflict.”
7. Med shot, reporter
SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“There are still internal deliberations going on within the Taliban. I cannot speak for them. An invitation was extended to them. Very much hope to see them participate.”
8. Med shot, reporter
9. Wide shot, end of presser

STORYLINE:

The spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, today (13 Apr) announced a “high-level and inclusive conference” between representatives of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban to take place in Istanbul from 24 April to the 4 May.

Turkey will be hosting the conference, co-convened with the State of Qatar, and the United Nations.

In a statement read by Dujarric, the co-conveners expressed that they are “committed to supporting a sovereign, independent and unified Afghanistan,” and adds that “the overriding objective of the Istanbul Conference on the Afghanistan Peace Process is to accelerate and complement the ongoing intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha on the achievement of a just and durable political settlement.”

The Conference, the statemen reads, “will focus on helping the negotiating parties reach a set of shared, fundamental principles that reflect an agreed vision for a future Afghanistan, a roadmap to a future political settlement, and of course, an end to the conflict.”

Responding to journalist’s question, Dujarric said, “there are still internal deliberations going on within the Taliban. I cannot speak for them. An invitation was extended to them. Very much hope to see them participate.”
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