WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced the Promoting Peace and Justice in Afghanistan Act of 2017 Thursday, legislation to boost the United States’ engagement in achieving a just, sustainable peace in Afghanistan.
“The United States needs to center its engagement in Afghanistan around a bold, renewed effort to forge a negotiated political settlement and an accountable Afghan government that can deliver to its citizens the just, sustainable peace they deserve,” Senator Cardin said. “Working diligently toward these ends, with Afghan and regional actors, is the best way to bring America’s longest war to an honorable, effective end and to ensure that Afghan territory is never again used as a base for terrorism against the United States or our allies.”
“As has often been said, it is harder to make peace than war. The role of the State Department is particularly critical in the diplomacy and negotiation necessary to resolve the conflict in Afghanistan, as well as in helping the Afghan government become more accountable and capable of upholding the rule of law,” Cardin added. “Accordingly, I have introduced legislation that would boost U.S. diplomatic and programmatic engagement on a peace process, as well as on the hard work of pursuing justice for wartime atrocities and accountability for human rights abuses and corruption by Afghan officials that continue to undermine prospects for peace.”