US & Taliban Peace Talks
June 19, 2011 by staff
US & Taliban Peace Talks, U.S. Secretary of Defense has said that talks to negotiate an agreement of peace with the Taliban are “preliminary.”
Robert Gates, who left the function at the end of the month, downplayed the surprising reports of conversations – which had been held in secret.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai made the announcement on Saturday, saying: “Peace talks are underway with the Taliban. “The foreign military and especially the United States itself are going ahead with these negotiations.” U.S. President Barack Obama prepares to announce the start of the withdrawal from the country, almost ten years after the September 11 attacks in New York. I think the Taliban have to believe that they can earn before they are willing to have a serious conversation.
Increased the size of U.S. force at about 65,000 since taking office in 2009, but expects to take steps to end the war while facing economic pressures and a campaign for reelection in 2012.
Gates said he was cautious about the talks and no progress was made pending until “at least this winter.” “I think the Taliban are to be under military pressure, and begin to believe that you can earn before they are willing to have a serious conversation,” he said. His comments came a day particularly violent for NATO personnel. Eight people died in a single day in Afghanistan. A member of the international force was killed in an insurgent attack after three people died fighting on Saturday.
Coalition forces said four were killed in a traffic accident. NATO gave no details of the incidents or the nationalities of the dead. On Saturday, attackers insurgent suicide bomber attacked a police station in the capital, killing nine people, including five civilians were shot dead before they finally down.
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