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Afghan peace assembly delegates start final day of talks

Other News Materials 4 June 2010 13:36
The 1,600 delegates of an Afghan peace assembly were set Friday to assess three days of talks and wrap up the conference with recommendations on starting a reconciliation process with the Taliban.
Afghan peace assembly delegates start final day of talks

The 1,600 delegates of an Afghan peace assembly were set Friday to assess three days of talks and wrap up the conference with recommendations on starting a reconciliation process with the Taliban, DPA reported.

The delegates of the so-called peace jirga, who had been working in small working groups, are to present their recommendations to the general assembly. Talks included ideas to set up a ministry tasked with the reconciliation process and releasing Taliban prisoners as a goodwill gesture.

After the deliberations on the final day of the jirga, jirga chairman Burhanuddin Rabbani was expected to read a final declaration, which is non-binding. A closing speech by President Hamid Karzai was also scheduled.

In case of delays, the jirga could run into Saturday, but delegates and observers expected the meeting to wrap up Friday.

The Taliban, who have boycotted the jirga, attacked the meeting with rockets and gunmen Wednesday shortly after it opened.

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