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Foreign Minister A.R. Ghafoorzai holds Press Conference in Afghanistan June 12, 1997 Part 3.

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Afghanistans Foreign Minister Abdul Rahim Ghafoorzai told a Press Conference of Western Reporters that all of the Factions opposed to the Taliban Movement will form a new Government . Ghafoorzai told the News Conference that the new Administration would be formed mainly of technocrats rather than querrilla Faction Leaders. I can assure you that the new Government will mainly consist of non party members Ghafoorzai said. He said the new members of the Government would be announced soon. A declaration adopted by the newly - formed United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan said a Provisional national council would be convened until a Loya Jirga, or a traditional grand council could be convened. The Provisional council including scholars, tribal, spiritual and national leaders and technocrats based inside or outside Afghanistan would serve as a provisional Parliament. The Declaration said the Government would have to convene a loya Jirga within 6 to 9 months under the Supervision of the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Conference. One of the Loya Jirga tasks would be to set a date for free and fair elections in Afghanistan, the Declaration added. Ghafoorzai said that the Talibans recent defeats in Afghanistan where they suffered a series of Millitary setbacks in North of Kabul, Painjshir, Bamyan, Baghlan, Kunduz, Badghiz, Kunar and Mazar might make them more willing to lay down their weapons and Negotiate. Ghafoorzai also said that United Front calls on Pakistan to end its antagonistic policy towards the Islamic State and people of Afghanistan and declare its readiness for direct negotiations to establish fraternal and normal relations with Afghanistan. Instead of Supporting one side in the conflict, the Government of Pakistan is expected to play a positive and effective role for the cessation of the conflict. it said. Ghafoorzai told the Press Conference that the Thousands of Pakistani Nationals held by the Islamic State is a clear proof of Pakistans Massive Meddling in his Country.

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