Karzai may Start to Negotiate with Taliban

Politics Materials 27 November 2008 12:33 (UTC +04:00)

Afghanistan, Kabul, 27 November / corr / Trend A.  Hakimi / President Karzai has warned that unless a timeline for the withdrawal of foreign troops is established, the Afghan government will begin peace talks with the Taliban.

Last night president Karzai in a press conference told reporters that if the head of talibans - Mullah Omar accepts Afghanistan constitution, he will guarantee his security. Karzai indicated that so called 'reconcilable' rebel elements could be welcome at peace talks.

NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer also participated in the conference with president Karzai, said that NATO is in Afghanistan for the long term and it is crucial the alliance's troops "don't lose the hearts and minds of the Afghan people."

The UN delegation, visiting Afghanistan to assess the country's position seven years after the fall of the Taliban, traveled to Herat on Wednesday morning.

The Afghan president, while was speaking to a delegation from the UN Security Council mentioned and highlighted the disappointment that current security situation is intolerable for Afghan people.  Afghan people expected a peaceful life by presence of international security in Afghanistan, not deterioration.

The NATO Secretary General agreed that the international community can do a better job coordinating efforts and better train and equip Afghan security forces.

Fighting with Taliban and Terrorism passed its seven years, rural area and villages came under air-strike by foreign forces, said Karzai.

US ambassador to the UN, Zalmy Khailzad, in response to Karzai's remarks in the meeting, said that great progress had been made by the Afghan people in the past seven years.

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