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PublishDate: Sunday, October 21, 2012 18:29

Taliban leaders immunity key in Afghan peace talks process

Most of the Taliban leaders are based in neighboring Pakistan and they should

Afghan foreign ministry officials on Sunday announced Afghanistan, Pakistan and United States officials are struggling to pave the way for the trip of Taliban leaders in a bid to take part in peace talks.

A number of the Taliban leaders are blacklisted by United Nations while a number of them do not have proper documents to travel in a third country.

Janan Mosazai spokesman for the Afghan foreign affairs ministry said, most of the Taliban leaders are based in neighboring Pakistan and they should be able to travel in a third country in order to participate in peace talks.

Mr. Mosazai said, “Safe travel of key Taliban leaders and representatives to participate in peace negotiations is one of the main points of Pakistan’s cooperation in Afghan peace talks.”

He said Taliban leaders should be provided with safety and proper documents in order to participate in peace negotiations with the Afghan government and Afghan high peace council officials.

“The Taliban leaders who were interested to participate in peace talks were eighter killed, arrested or their families were threatened in the past”, Janan Mosazai said adding that, “The main motive to hold talks with the Pakistani and US officials is to pave the way for the safey of the Taliban leaders are going to participate in peace negotiations in a third country.”

He said, the officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan and United States are going to discuss the issue of Taliban leaders safety during the peace talks.

According to reports Taliban leaders were earlier participating in Afghan peace talks in Pakistan identity cards and had travelled to Qatar and Saudi Arabia however Afghan foreign ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai did not comment in this regard.

In the meantime Taliban’s stance to participate in Afghan peace talks has not been formally confirmed yet .

Taliban group confirmed at the beginning of this year that they had participated in peace talks with the United States and agreed to open a liaison office in Qatar.

However the group in the month of March announced to halt peace talks with the US officials due to confusion in peace negotiations.

But US officials said Taliban group halted peace talks after Washington emphasized to involve Afghan government in peace negotiations.
 (AOP)

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