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Karzai: Taliban Asking About Afghan Peace

From a dejected Reuters:

Karzai says Taliban make contact for Afghan peace

By Hamid Shalizi Thu Nov 22

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday Taliban insurgent leaders were increasingly contacting him to try to find ways of making peace.

Afghan and Western military leaders and diplomats recognize talks will ultimately have to be held to end the Taliban insurgency which has claimed some 5,000 lives this year alone. But, they say, talks should be held from a position of strength.

“We have had an increasing number of contacts from Taliban from within Afghanistan and from Pakistan,” Karzai told a news conference.

“These contacts have especially increased in the past seven or eight months. As a matter of fact only this week, I had more than five or six major contacts, approaches by the leadership of the Taliban trying to find out if they can come back to Afghanistan,” he said…

More to be thankful for.

One hopes.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, November 22nd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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