RFE: Kerry Urges Taliban To Strike Peace Deal With Kabul
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has urged the Taliban to follow the recent example of an Afghan warlord and strike its own peace deal with the Kabul government.
Speaking in Brussels at an international donors conference for Afghanistan on October 5, Kerry said that "there is a path toward an honorable end to the conflict that the Taliban have waged -- it is a conflict that cannot be won on the battlefield."
He said that a peace deal signed last week by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who heads the Hezb-e Islami group and was a key figure in Afghanistan's civil war in the 1990s, was a "model for what might be possible."
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Update #1: Kerry Holds Up Afghan Deal with Warlord as Model for Taliban -- AP
Update #2: Kerry calls on Taliban to choose path to 'honorable' peace -- Reuters
WNU editor: I do not see the Taliban taking this offer. As far as they are concerned .... they are winning this war, so why give it up.