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US sets terms for Taliban’s release from Gitmo

US sets terms for Taliban’s release from Gitmo

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Mar 31, 2012 - 19:45

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The High Peace Councilinfo-icon on Saturday said the US had agreed to the release of five Talibaninfo-icon leaders from the Guantanamo Bay prison if they promised not to return to the insurgency.  

The US has agreed to free and transfer the Taliban prisoners to Qatar to meet their families there, but had some concerns, the council advisor on international affairs said.

Mohammad Ismael Qasimyar told Pajhwok Afghan News: "The US wants an assurance from the Qatari government that the men will not return to militancy. They will live with their families in Qatar and not exit that country.”

However, the Qatari government has not yet commended on the deal.  In early January, the Taliban announced they had agreed to open a political bureau in Doha for peace talks with Washington, a move supported by Kabul.

But earlier this month, the rebels said they were suspending peace talks as the US had no clear policy on parleys and had failed to keep the promises it had held out to them.

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