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Taliban signal readiness for talks with HPC

Taliban signal readiness for talks with HPC

Jun 09, 2013 - 14:58

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): In a change of heart, the Afghan Talibaninfo-icon have signaled their readiness for negotiations with the High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC), a media report said on Sunday.

“US Special Envoy to Afghanistaninfo-icon and Pakistaninfo-icon James Dobbins met President Karzai in late May and informed him about the Taliban’s willingness to talk to the HPC in the near future,” the Express Tribune reported.

 The English-language newspaper quoted an unnamed Afghan official as saying the American diplomat had also discussed the Taliban’s proposal with his Pakistani interlocutors in Islamabad.

But the Karzai administration reportedly disagreed with certain preconditions set by the Taliban, the daily said, adding that talks were ongoing to work out a solution.

Kabul wants the Taliban to publicly denounce Al-Qaeda and enter direct parleys with the HPC at their political office in Doha. “The Taliban, however, offered they would publicly condemn all act of terrorism but would not mention Al Qaeda…”

On the other hand, Taliban spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousaf rejected the report as part of propaganda to create doubts.“It is white lie aimed at misleading Afghans,” he told the newspaper.

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