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Taliban’s rejection of ceasefire to derail talks: US

Taliban’s rejection of ceasefire to derail talks: US

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Dec 18, 2019 - 10:00

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Peace negotiations could be derailed by Talibaninfo-icon’s refusal to declare a 10-day ceasefire, US negotiators have reportedly warned the insurgent group.

A Saudi-based newspaper quoted an unnamed Taliban source as saying the American issued the warning as talks resumed last week.

“The US side floated the idea to sign a peace deal during the ceasefire,” a Taliban leader told Arab News on condition of anonymity.

Doha-based Taliban negotiators are said to have sent recommendations to their leadership for taking a final decision on the ceasefire proposal.

“The Americans want yes or no to the proposal and they say there will be no talks unless the ceasefire is announced,” the source added.

On Dec. 13, US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad tweeted he had taken a “brief pause” for the Taliban to consult their leadership about his demand for a reduction in violence.

The American diplomat returned to Qatar after meetings with Pakistani officials last week. The negotiations, however, have not restarted so far.

Khalilzad has taken a “brief pause” from the dialogue after the Taliban conducted a suicide attack near the sprawling US base in the Bagram district of central Parwan province.

Paninfo-icon Monitor/mud

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