Karzai insists for caution in peace talks with Taliban
By Sajad - Sun Dec 23 2012, 10:58 pm
Afghan presidential palace following a statement announced, “On Sunday, the meeting of the National Security Council discussed issues related to the opening of office for the Taliban in the State of Qatar as well as the peace and reconciliation process.”
The source further added, “The meeting endorsed the establishment of an office for the Taliban in Qatar and urged that, for the sake of peace as the most vital need of the Afghan people and for the success of the process, all required measures be taken and due care and caution be exercised.”
“In view of the importance of the peace process and the bitter experiences in the past where terrorists, disguised as Taliban peace messengers, assassinated former head of High Peace Council Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani and wounded Director General of the NDS Assadullah Khalid” the statement said adding that “the meeting decided that the members of the office of the Taliban Movement in Qatar must be introduced by authentic and verifiable documents by the Movement’s leadership.”
The decree by presidential palace for due care and caution comes amid a three day conference on Afghanistan in Paris where Taliban group and Islamic Party of Afghanistan representatives attended the summit along with the 17 other representatives from various organizations.
Meanwhile Taliban group in the past has continuously denied to sit-in for peace talks with the Afghan government.
The Taliban group has also asked to revise the Afghan constitution and the Islamic Party of Afghanistan representatives called for the formation of a transitional government.
However Afghan foreign ministry denied the demands of the Taliban group and Islamic Party of Afghanistan.