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Taliban leader opposes permanent US military bases

Taliban leader opposes permanent US military bases

Aug 29, 2011 - 17:32

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Talibaninfo-icon supreme leader, Mullahinfo-icon Mohammad Omar, has said their talks for the release of their men from jails had nothing to do with the peace parleys, initiated by the Afghan government.

In a statement, Omar congratulated Afghans on the eve of Eidul Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramazan.

Omar said they had a clear and independent agenda regarding peace talks and they would keep informing people about details of the agenda.

"The Taliban have long been demanding the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistaninfo-icon as the precondition for talks," Omar said.

He insisted foreign troops should leave the country so that ground for the establishment of an Islamic regime could be paved. He said every effort leading to the establishment of an Islamic government was welcomed.

Omar saw the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan the main factor behind the unrest. The Taliban leader also expressed his strong opposition to the proposed US permanent military bases in Afghanistan. "We call on all regional countries, particularly Afghanistan's neighbours, not to become part of the imperialistic forces' designs," the statement said.

On the second Bonn conference, which is scheduled to take place on December 5 in Germany, Omar said the event was a mere show off of the international community aimed at diverting the worldinfo-icon's attention from the real problems in Afghanistan.

Omar also asked the fighters to respect elderly, youth, children and womeninfo-icon and should not intimidate people on wrong information.

Addressing the Taliban, Omar said "good opinions" of people should be respected. "You should think if you are armless, how you would face people," Omar told the fighters. He also asked the insurgents to avoid imposing restrictions on people until they were directed by their leadership.

Omar also asked well off people to generously help the poor during Eid days.

On Monday, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) spokesman, Carsten Jacobson, told a press conference in Kabul that the people of Afghanistan knew Omar was telling a lie. "People under Omar still are out to kill innocent people," Jacobson said.

He said it was their message to Omar to stop using children for suicide attacks and that he should shun the violence and return to his home country to participate in the peace process.



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