Karzai U.s. Taliban
June 18, 2011 by staff
Karzai U.s. Taliban, Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the U.S. is holding talks with the Taliban in the first official confirmation of contact between the two sides in nearly a decade of conflict. Speaking at a conference in Kabul, Karzai said, “The talks with the Taliban began … also foreign forces, particularly the United States, are conducting the talks themselves. ”
The president’s comments came hours before a militant attack on a police station in central Kabul, said he killed two people. Afghanistan has been doing public attempts to talk with the Taliban for several more months in an attempt to find a political solution to the conflict before foreign troops prepare to fight out of the country in 2014.
Last year, Karzai set up a Council for Peace to view the topic. The Council visited Pakistan, seen as a key player in the conflict last week.
On Friday, the Security Council of the United Nations agreed to divide the international sanctions regime of the Taliban and al-Qaeda in an attempt to encourage the Taliban to join the reconciliation efforts.
Susan Rice, UN envoy to the UN, said the move “sends a clear message to the Taliban there is a future for those who separate themselves from al-Qaeda, renounce violence and respect the Afghan constiutuion.”
Earlier this month, U.S. Defense Robert Gates said on a visit to Secreatary Kabul that could have talks with the Taliban later this year if foreign troops enough profit.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has asked members of the Taliban to spread al-Qaeda so they can be reintegrated into society.
And the U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce soon the number of U.S. troops to be withdrawn from July as the process of transfer of control of foreigners to Afghan forces start.
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