Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Afghan President Ghani Offers Peace Talks With Taliban "Without Condition"

BBC: Taliban offer: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani seeks talks

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has offered peace talks "without preconditions" to the Taliban after 16 years of war.

Speaking at a peace conference in Kabul, he proposed measures including a ceasefire and prisoner swaps.

In return the Taliban would need to recognise the Afghan government and respect the rule of law.

Previous peace talks offers have not stopped attacks by the Taliban, who have yet to respond to the offer.

A Taliban spokesman told the BBC Afghan service they were waiting for reaction from their leadership.

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WN Editor: This proposal from the Afghan President is DOA. The Taliban regard the Afghan government as illegitimate, and they only want to talk to the U.S. for the sole purpose of laying the groundwork for the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan .... Afghan Taliban Have Renewed Their Call For A Dialogue With The U.S. To End The War (February 26, 2018). So why the offer from the Afghan President .... I guess it is all for show.

More News On Afghan President Ghani Offering Peace Talks With The Taliban "Under No Conditions"

Afghan president calls on Taliban to join in peace talks -- AP
Afghanistan's Ghani offers talks with Taliban 'without preconditions' -- Reuters
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offers Taliban peace talks and political recognition -- DW
Afghanistan offers to recognize Taliban as legitimate 'political party' -- CNN
Ghani Offers Unconditional Talks, Legitimacy to Afghan Taliban -- VOA
Afghan leader's offer to Taliban is a last-ditch gamble for peace -- The Guardian
Afghan president proposes constitution review and truce as part of peace bid with Taliban -- Arab News
Taliban: Doha office remains vital for talks -- Al Jazeera

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