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Khalili sees peace talks opportunity for opposition

Khalili sees peace talks opportunity for opposition

May 10, 2011 - 19:44

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): Second vice president Mohammad Karim Kahlili on Tuesday asked the Talibaninfo-icon leaders to join the government-initiated peace talks or face the same fate as Osama bin Laden.

The Al Qaeda leader was killed by elite US commandos last week in Pakistaninfo-icon's town of Abbottad.

Speaking at a two-day conference discussing efforts to broker peace, Khalili said the peace and reconciliation programme was a good opportunity for the armed opposition to stop the country's destruction.

He said bin Laden's killing in Pakistan showed their claims that al Qaeda and Taliban leaders enjoyed support from elements in Pakistan were correct.

President Hamid Karzai inaugurated a High Peace Councilinfo-icon charged with negotiating with the Taliban last year.

The two-day conference featuresinfo-icon Afghan cabinet members, ambassadors, Afghan provincial governors plus representatives of the United Nations.

The Taliban, who are waging a nearly 10-year war, have ruled out peace talks unless foreign forces leave Afghanistaninfo-icon.


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