No breakthrough in Afghan peace efforts before 2014: official
By Michael Georgy and Hamid Shalizi
KABUL | Fri Nov 9, 2012 7:32am EST
(Reuters) - Afghanistan's government has failed to secure direct talks with the Taliban and no significant progress is expected before 2014, when most NATO combat troops withdraw, a senior Afghan official closely involved with reconciliation efforts said on Friday.
"No breakthrough is expected before the 2014 election," the official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.
A political settlement between the Afghan government and insurgents is widely seen as the best way of delivering stability to the country before most NATO combat troops pull out at the end of 2014.
Afghan officials were also hoping to make progress in reconciliation efforts before presidential elections in April of 2014 to decrease the chances of prolonged instability in a nation that has suffered through decades of war.
unhappycamper comment: The appears to be the 2012 version of "Peace with honor".