On Tuesday June 15th the Socialist Left Party (SV) arranged a seminar at the Norwegian Storting with the theme “Exit Afghanistan?”. The seminar had many prominent speakers, including Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and former UN Special Representative Kai Eide. The Afghan Ambassador to the Nordic countries, Manizah Bakhtari, spoke on Fighting for the Peace.
The Foreign Minister opened the seminar with words on what is needed for Afghanistan to govern itself? Both the Minister and Kristian Berg Harpviken, Director of PRIO, stressed the development of a system of governance that is viable and the necessity of a regional approach.
Together with Elisabeth Eide, Researcher at Oslo University College and Helge Lurås from NUPI the Ambassador spoke on Fighting for the Peace, on behalf of whom and what is the result? The Ambassador emphasized the importance of reconciliation, and that there could be none without Taliban leaders accepting the Afghan Constitution. Furthermore, that the use of force in Afghanistan is a necessary but not a sufficient mean in reaching the goals of peace and stability. Afterwards the Ambassador elaborated on the events of the Peace Jirga, which was recently held, and answered questions. Subsequently, Kai Eide, Marthe Gerhardsen from Care and State Secretary in the Ministry of Defense, Espen Barth Eide spoke on civilian efforts and gender equality.