Kai Eide supports Taliban peace-talks

Other News Materials 25 November 2008 14:37 (UTC +04:00)

Afghanistan, Kabul,25, November / corr. Trend A.  Hakim/     UN special envoy in Afghanistan says any negotiations must take place in line with constitution

THE United Nations special envoy to Afghanistan, Kai Edie, has said he is in the favor of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

President Hamid Karzai recently announced that he would grant the Taliban leader Mullah Omar political asylum if he agreed to discuss the possibility of ending the growing Taliban-led insurgency.

The Afghan government has said it would welcome talks with the militants.

Eide said: "We support the Afghan government's recent comments. We support national reconciliation, but the important thing is that any talks the Afghan government holds with the government opposition forces must occur according to Afghanistan's constitution.

"It depends on the Afghan government when, where and with whom they are willing to negotiate and make peace deals."

He added that negotiating with the rebels provided the best possible solution to the country's current troubles.

The Taliban have resisted the Afghan government's peace overtures, saying its leaders would not6 come to the negotiating table until foreign troops had left the country ,-Tolo TV reports.