Afghan peace council meets Taliban in Paris Conference
By Mirwais Adeel - Mon Dec 17 2012, 4:06 pm
A senior Afghan high peace council official said three members of the council will attend the Paris conference.
Abdul Hakim Mujahid a former Taliban group member and Haji Din Mohammad advisor to president Hamid Karzai are among the three officials who attend and meet the Taliban group members.
Farhadullah a spokesman for the Afghan high peace council said Afghan peace delegates will clarify the stance of Afghan peace council regarding the peace negotiations in Paris conference.
Meanwhile Abdul Hakim Mujahid who was presenting the Taliban group in United Nations and is currently a member of the Afghan high peace council said they will hold direct talks with the Taliban group members during the summit.
Mr. Mujahid said the conference is based on Afghanistan and only Afghans should decided how to resolve the current crisis and war in the country.
He said Afghan peace delegation will urge Taliban group members to assist peace process in Afghanistan in a bid to end the ongoing violence.
In the meantime political observers belive that Taliban group members will hopefully hold direct talks with the Afghan high peace council officials depite there is no formal agenda for the Taliban group and Afghan government to have discussions.
Afghan political analyst Wahid Muzhda said such talks will have a positive impact over peace process in Afghanistan.
Afghan governemnt also confirmed that the Paris conference is an informal event.
Afghan foreign ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai on Sunday told reporters that no Afghan government official will attend the conference.
Taliban group spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid also confirmed that a number of the Taliban group members will attend the conference to clarify the stance of the group in Afghan peace talks. He denied any direct peace talks during the conference.