UN chief welcomes Taliban’s temporary truce announcement

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UNITED NATIONS, June 10 (APP):United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has welcomed the Taliban’s announcement of a three-day partial ceasefire during the Eid al-Fitr holidays, urging all parties concerned “to seize this opportunity and embrace an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.”
This follows the recent announcement by the Afghan Government that it would begin a seven-day ceasefire on 12 June, the 27th day of Ramadan, and run to Eid-ul-Fitr.
“The Secretary-General strongly believes that there is no military solution to this conflict and that only a political settlement can bring an end to the suffering in Afghanistan,” his spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, said in a statement issued Saturday.
On behalf of Guterres, he reiterated the UN’s commitment to “supporting the people and Government of Afghanistan in this important endeavor.”