Afghanistan willing to talk with all Taliban factions: Karzai
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior official on Tuesday said most Taliban wanted peace and Afghanistan was willing to talk with all groups and warned of using all means against those not taking the path of peace.
Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, who returned from a four-nation meeting in Islamabad, said that insurgents who opted for war would face serious consequences.
The meeting in Islamabad involving officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China took place on Monday to work on a roadmap for ending Afghanistan's 14-year war.
Karzai said all participants at Monday's gathering wanted to bring "permanent peace" to Afghanistan and also described the country's conflict as "not a war between Afghans" and stressed the involvement of "foreign elements."
He said the people of Afghanistan should witness a positive change in the peace process in the next two months as the Afghan government believed that in January and February an opportunity existed that the Afghan people needed to see a change.
He said they had meetings with Pakistani officials and clearly told them that the people and politicians of Afghanistan were running out of patience. Karzai said the peace process was a long process and the negotiations with Taliban in Pakistan broke down last year.
He said: "We will work on the roadmap for peace and Afghanistan, Pakistan, America and China will have clear responsibilities. Before the dialogue, face to face meetings and practical work are planned."
Karzai added all participants at Monday’s meeting called for immediate direct talks and emphasized on Afghanistan’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
He said the meeting also stressed an end to the current conflict in the country and the realization of lasting peace and ending violence.
Monday's meeting aimed to revive a process that collapsed last summer after Afghanistan announced that Mullah Mohammad Omar, founder and leader of the Taliban, had died in a Pakistani hospital more than two years ago.
Karzai referred to three groups of potential interlocutors — that led by Mullah Omar's former deputy and successor Mullah Akhtar Mansoor; a breakaway faction led by Mullah Muhammad Rasool; and the Haqqani network.
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