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Peace process is led by Afghans: Rabbani

Peace process is led by Afghans: Rabbani

Jan 10, 2011 - 20:19

KABUL (PAN): The chairman of the High Peace Council on Monday reassured the country’s neighbours that the reconciliation and reintegration process with militants was Afghan-led and had no political agenda other than to bring peace.

"Peace and stability in Afghanistan and talks with armed opposition groups are not a threat to any regional country," Burhanuddin Rabbani told a press conference in Kabul.

The former president on Monday returned from Pakistan after a three-day trip to seek Islamabad's help in talks with the Taliban.

Rabbani's remarks come a day after India’s foreign minister, S M Krishna, in a clear reference to Pakistan, told a press conference in Kabul that any foreign interference in the transition process would be detrimental to both its success and the future of the Afghan people.

Rabbani said he may not be able to attend a summit of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) scheduled to be held in Saudi Arabia in March. He said he had an invitation to attend the meeting, but had not yet developed a plan.

The peace council, which was brought into being after the peace jirga in 2010, has proposed the OIC to mediate between the Afghan government and armed opposition groups.


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