Taliban group dismiss tripartite summit outcome on Afghanistan
By Mirwais Adeel - Wed Feb 06 2013, 10:02 pm
Talks attended by Afghan president Hamid Karzai, Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari and British Prime Minister aimed to work towards a peace deal within six months.
However a spokesman for the Taliban group Zabiullah Mujahid following a statement announced said the conference and other “horse trading” were “the real obstacles of effective and fruitful negotiations between the factual sides.”
The three leadrs on Monday agreed to chieve a peace settlement for Afghanistan within six months following the trilateral summit in London.
They also supported the opening of an office in Qatar for the Afghan Taliban to hold talks.
A joint statement was also issued following the tripartite summit, “President Karzai, president Zardari and the prime minister affirmed that they supported the opening of an office in Doha for the purpose of negotiations between the Taliban and the High Peace Council of Afghanistan as part of an Afghan-led peace process.”
This comes as the Taliban in March 2012 suspended contacts with American representatives in Qatar over a potential prisoner exchange and opening a liaison office in the Gulf state.
The militia has consistently refused to negotiate directly with the Western-backed Kabul government, against whom it has been waging an insurgency for 11 years.
Mujahid wrote that Western forces facing military defeat use such conferences as propaganda to conceal the deadlock in the country and “show that some activity and progress is going on.”