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Afghan Authorities Say Thousands Of Rebels Have Joined Peace Process

Former Taliban fighters attend a ceremony as they surrender their weapons.
KABUL -- Afghan Peace Commission officials say that in the past four years thousands of armed antigovernment rebels have surrendered their weapons and joined the peace process.

The head of the Peace Commission’s executive office, Mohammad Akram, told journalists in Kabul on March 26 that 50 more rebels in Logar Province recently agreed to stop fighting and join the reconciliation process.

According to Akram, if more security were given to those rebels who agreed to give up their arms, thousands more insurgents would participate in the process.

He says former insurgents are more vulnerable in Afghanistan's more remote regions, where their former comrades may retaliate against their decision to stop fighting.