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Continued: US scrambles to save talks with Taliban after angry complaints from Karzai

  • Article by: AMIR SHAH , Associated Press
  • Last update: June 19, 2013 - 5:20 PM

The Taliban have for years refused to speak to the Afghan government or the Peace Council, set up by Karzai three years ago, because they considered them to be American puppets. Taliban representatives have instead talked to American and other Western officials in Doha and other places, mostly in Europe.

In setting up the office, the Taliban said they were willing to use all legal means to end what they called the occupation of Afghanistan — but did not say they would immediately stop fighting. They also did not specifically mention talks with Karzai or his representatives.

Despite all of the developments, the High Peace Council's Nooristan held out hope talks would eventually still be possible.

"We are working to solve these contradictions and fix these problems and act based on the agreements we had before, so the High Peace Council can go there and start the peace talks," he said.

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