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own picture of events in Kabul since this site was launched on March 8th, 2003 and, in a sense, since the
reconstruction of Afghanistan began somewhere in the winter of 2001-02.
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Arian Mouj Sharifi
Kabul holds talks with Taliban "moderates" (Financial Times)
Kabul holds talks with Taliban 'moderates' By Victoria Burnett in Kabul October 19 2003 20:51 FinancialTimes (London) The Afghan government is in talks with prominent "moderates" from the former Taliban regime in an attempt to turn the tide of anti- government and anti-US sentiment in southern Afghanistan, a senior Afghan official said. Mohammed Umer Daudzai, chief of staff to President Hamid Karzai, said the Kabul government was talking to a group of Taliban figures who it hoped would come back into the fold and draw in Afghans who might otherwise side with hardcore militants. "We cannot afford to have a major group like the Taliban, who has links with our neighbouring countries, living on the outside," Mr Daudzai said in an interview. "It's a new effort . . . which has intensified." Mr Daudzai did not name any of the Taliban figures approached. Other government officials and western diplomats in Kabul said they were aware of talks but unsure what stage they had reached. "It's a message of inclusiveness," said Omar Samad, foreign ministry spokesman. "But overtures are one thing . . . actual actions are another." Efforts to persuade moderate Taliban figures to support Mr Karzai come amid a powerful, violent offensive by the hardline Islamic group that the central government and western officials believe is being planned by Taliban leaders living principally across the border in Pakistan. The Afghan government has given Pakistan a list of top, hardline Taliban commanders who it believes are behind the attacks and demanded their arrest. Afghan and western officials say the former regime, which was ousted in October 2001 by a US-led military offensive, has the co-operation inside the country of disgruntled ethnic Pashtuns. The Taliban came largely from among the highly-conservative Pashtuns, many of whom sympathise with their view of Islam but do not necessarily espouse their militant cause. It is not clear how much US support exists for the fresh overtures to the Taliban. US officials have denied involvement in talks, but Mr Daudzai said any initiative would have been taken in consultation with US officials. Speculation that the Afghan government and its US backers were in talks with the Taliban has risen with reports of the release of Mullah Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil, the Taliban's former foreign minister, who has been held by US forces in Afghanistan since he turned himself in during February 2002. Government and western sources say talks with Taliban figures are limited to a small group close to Mr Karzai, who supported the Taliban in its early days. Some government figures from the Northern Alliance military coalition, which fought the Taliban for years, are opposed to the moves, they say.
Posted By: mariam   October 22nd 2003, 2003 4:20 PM
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