Taliban dismiss London talks on Afghan war

Conference between Afghanistan, Pakistan, Britain and other 'horse trading' real obstacles, says spokesman.

Afp February 06, 2013
A Taliban spokesman has dismissed the outcome of a conference in London between the leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Britain. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

KABUL: A Taliban spokesperson on Wednesday dismissed the outcome of a conference in London between the leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Britain which aimed to work towards a peace deal within six months.

The conference and other "horse trading" were "the real obstacles of effective and fruitful negotiations between the factual sides," Zabihullah Mujahid wrote on the Taliban's website.

This is apparently a reference to the Taliban's repeated demand that any peace negotiations should be between itself and the United States.

The Taliban in March 2012 suspended contacts with American representatives in Qatar over a potential prisoner exchange and opening a liaison office in the Gulf state.

The militia has consistently refused to negotiate directly with the Western-backed Kabul government, against whom it has been waging an insurgency for 11 years.

Mujahid wrote that Western forces facing military defeat use such conferences as propaganda to conceal the deadlock in the country and "show that some activity and progress is going on."

US-led NATO combat forces are due to withdraw from Afghanistan next year, and efforts to negotiate peace have gained urgency as they seek to leave with some dignity.

Mujahid told AFP by telephone that the views in the lengthy "article" posted on the Taliban's website would be followed soon by an official Taliban response to the conference.


Raj - USA | 8 years ago | Reply

Only way to deal with the talibans. Do not negotiate with them. Negate them.

syed baqar ahsan | 8 years ago | Reply

The word "endgame" has been rightly selected USA,UK,NATO,India(all are spoilers,non state actors) has no role in Afghanistan in the presence real powerful neighbors who have gained strength of all kind in recent past.I wish "Might is Right"is solution of all desires against nature and ground reality,American have been taught properly in Afghanistan by all its neighbors.

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