Karzai govt can invite Taliban to Bonn conference: UK
KABUL (PAN): British Ambassador to Afghanistan Sir William Patey on Monday said that the Afghan government could invite Taliban fighters to the second Bonn conference, scheduled for December 5 in Germany.
Considering progress in the peace talks with the Taliban, the Afghan government could make its own decision about the participation of the Taliban and other groups, Patey told a news conference in Kabul.
"It does not belong to the world community, but it depends on the Afghan government, whom to be invited to the conference, whether they are Taliban or someone else," he said.
The long-term relations and support of the international community with Afghanistan would be significant issues to be discussed at the conference, the British envoy said.
A self reliant Afghanistan was the hope of both Britain and international community, he said, adding that, although the problem of corruption existed, the capacity of Afghan security forces was developing day by day.
Supporting the decision of President Hamid Karzai about the disputed results of last year's Parliamentary elections, Patey said he hoped that the issue will be resolved within a month.
Last Wednesday President Hamid Karzai authorised the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to resolve the lingering dispute over the election results.
In his decree, Karzai said the commission should "immediately finalise" the issue. The decree also dissolved the special election tribunal and disqualified other government bodies from ruling on the issue.
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