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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 04:52 PM
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8. US signals support for Taliban talks
The US on Thursday signalled its support for holding secret talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan despite a long-held publicly stated policy of never negotiating with the Islamic militant group.

Speaking in Kabul as two top European diplomats were thrown out of Afghanistan amid claims they had held unauthorised meetings with the Taliban, a US official said there was a place for this type of conversation providing there was Afghan buy-in.

The official was talking shortly after William Wood, US ambassador to Afghanistan, said the two expelled diplomats from the European Union and United Nations had been acting with absolutely the best intentions.

The ambassador stressed that the US would only support a reconciliation programme with those elements of the Taliban who are prepared to accept the constitution and the authority of the elected government of President Karzai.
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