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2,385 rebels join peace process in north: ISAF

2,385 rebels join peace process in north: ISAF

Aug 29, 2011 - 18:02

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Afghan government-initiated peace process is successfully underway in northern and western Afghanistaninfo-icon, where about 2,385 rebels had joined the process so far, an official said on Monday.

Most of the surrendering rebels belonged to Kunduz, Badghis, Baghlan, Sar-i-Pul, Faryab and Herat provinces, said Maj. Gen. Phil D. Jones, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) Reintegration Cell Director.

He told a press conference in Kabul that most of the insurgents were from lower ranks. He said they were optimistic that more and more militants would join the peace parleys.

Jones said the High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC) and the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) had been busy consulting with Talibaninfo-icon in 10 provinces.

"It's an Afghan programme which is drafted by Afghans and led by Afghans. We fully support the process ", he said.



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