MAPW President Dr Bill Williams : Prospects for peace in Afghanistan

MAPW President Dr Bill Williams has written to Australian Minister for Defence Senator John Faulkner, congratulating the Minister for not committing additional Australian troops to Afghanistan. In the letter Dr Williams outlines the human security and military costs of the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and gives MAPW proposals for building towards a regional consensus for ending the conflict.

Dr Williams writes, 'We believe that there are three essential ingredients for long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan : foreign military forces withdraw, neighbouring nations engage in a regional peace process and Afghans regain control of their society. To facilitate this, the UN should convene an international conference for the purpose of reaching a regional consensus on Afghanistan. Negotiations must include all groups involved in the conflict, including the Afghan government, other groups within Afghanistan, and all of Afghanistan's neighbours. Given the failure to date of military intervention, consideration must be given to re-engaging the Taliban in negotiations.'

Read the full text of the letter here.