Taliban ready for peace talk with Afghan govt?

Written by: Nitsi
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Kabul, Oct 14: A former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani who heads a new peace council said he is convinced that the Taliban are ready to negotiate peace.

"They have some conditions to start the negotiations process. It gives us hope that they want to talk and negotiate," Rabbani said.

Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, a top Karzai adviser says he is getting strong support for peace from the international community.

With this the Afghan government has acknowledged that it has been involved in reconciliation talks with the Taliban, but discussions between the two sides have been described as mostly informal and indirect message exchanges relying on mediators.

Meanwhile, the Taliban have denied having any discussions. In a message posted on its website recently, the group said the notion of talks with the enemy was "baseless propaganda" and that negotiations would be a "waste of time."

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