Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Peace Talks with the Taliban

Every once in a while we see a flurry of activity on the diplomatic front concerning the prospect of peace talks with the Taliban.  Over the past several years there have been several peace talk initiatives - mostly hidden from the glare of the media.  It appears we are in the midst of one of those initiatives - where different parties (U.S., Taliban, Karzai, Pakistan and others) are maneuvering to be at the peace talks table.  Each side is articulating their starting positions.  For instance, the U.S. has recently indicated that for the Taliban to participate they will have to denounce ties to international terrorism.  Hmmmm. Read more on this in "US Envoy: Taliban Must Renounce Terrorism to Participate in Talks", Voice of America, January 22, 2012. Read more news about past Afghanistan peace talks and reconciliation attempts.

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