US-Taliban peace deal collapses after Karzai refuses to go on: Report

According to the report, the deal called for 5 Taliban GITMO prisoners to be sent to house arrest in Qatar.

Web Desk December 23, 2011

The US-Taliban peace deal, that was earlier reported to have reached a critical juncture, has “ultimately collapsed after Afghan President Hamid Karzai balked at its terms,” The Washington Post (WP) reported on Friday.

“It was the closest that the parties have come to genuine peace negotiations after nearly a year of talks,” an official was quoted in the WP report.

According to the report, “the deal called for the prisoners (from US detention at Guantanamo Bay) to be sent to house arrest in Qatar, where the Taliban planned to open an office.”

A senior Obama administration official was quoted in the report saying that “right now, things have stopped; everybody is taking a deep breath.” The official further said that contacts with the Taliban are expected to be re-established early in the new year.

The report said that “the potential transfer of prisoners was the result of at least a half dozen meetings this year between US representatives and a Taliban delegation headed by Tayyib Agha, an aide to Afghan Taliban leader Mohammad Omar.”

As per the WP report, the senior official said that they believe they are talking to the right people; people who are capable of negotiations.


Maria | 11 years ago | Reply

he restoration of durable peace and stability is easier said than done because the country, which was established as the Kingdom of Afghanistan in 1747 by Ahmed Shah Abdali, has been incessantly ravaged by ethnic violence caused by the Pukhtun subjugation of the Tajiks, Uzbeks, Turkmens and the Hazaras. The most comprehensive accounts of this are to be found in the writings of Soviet historians. These show that the process of Pukhtun domination, which involved conquest followed by persecution and ethnic cleansing, reached its peak under Amir Abdul Rahman, who is often described as the Bismarck of Afghanistan. The enormity of the ethnic problem cannot be overstated. Even if al Qaeda and its affiliates are routed, sustainable peace and stability in the country is unlikely to emerge unless the composition of the future dispensation reflects the ethnic mosaic which defines Afghan society. This can only be achieved through an intra Afghan dialogue without outside interference. Pakistan, as Afghanistan’s immediate and most important neighbour, can facilitate this. Any other policy will be self defeating.

khosti | 11 years ago | Reply @Noise: british empire russian empire and know i will not say usa but hole west empire couldent bow our heads towards them so how can we in the front of 7% hazaras dont worry be happy
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