Former Afghan Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar speaks to a Reuters correspondent in Tehran Febuary 5, 2002. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
CNN: Afghanistan signs peace deal with faction led by warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN)After months of delays, Afghan government negotiators signed a peace deal Thursday with an insurgent faction led by one of the country's most notorious warlords.
The deal was signed at a ceremony attended by negotiators, the President's national security adviser, and representatives of the Hezb-i-Islami faction of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.
Afghan and US officials applauded the agreement, but a prominent human rights organization strongly criticized the deal.
In a statement, the US Embassy called Thursday's accord "a step in bringing the conflict in Afghanistan to a peaceful end."
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