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Taliban stay away from Dubai peace talks

Taliban stay away from Dubai peace talks

Jan 18, 2013 - 13:10

KABULinfo-icon (PAN): The Talibaninfo-icon on Friday said they had not participated in an Afghan-led gathering, aimed at paving the ground for substantive negotiations between armed opposition groups and the Kabul government.

The meeting which ended on Thursday in Dubai, a potential venue for such meetings, was attended by representatives from the government, the United Nations, civil societyinfo-icon groups and political parties.

Offering a new vision for peace and security in the country, the meeting was an initiative of the Dubai-based international organisation, Pugwash. Issues related to peace and possible future compromise came under discussion. 

On the opening day of the talks, National Coalition of Afghanistaninfo-icon (NCA) spokesman Fazli Rahman Orya told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban were also in attendance.

But the insurgent movement denied participation. “Everyone knows that the Taliban have a political office that nominates representatives for attending such events. This office sent no one to Dubai…”

On Wednesday, a source privy to the meeting told Pajhwok over the telephone from Dubai that Qazi Amin Waqad, Maulviinfo-icon Shehzad, Fazal Sancharaki, Shehzad Mazloomyar, Syed Aziz Zahir, Eng. Khalil, Wahid Muzhda, Zia Bomya, Rustam Shah Momand, ex-Pakistaninfo-icon ambassador to Kabul, and former Pakistani intelligence officer Assad Durrani.

Qaribur Rahman Saeed, a former spokesman for the Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistan, said he was unaware of the meeting on reconciliation -- a second track-two initiative by Pugwash in as many years.


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