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Karzai holds peace talks with insurgents

22 marzo 2010

(CNN) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai has held talks with representatives of a major insurgent group whose leader is known for anti-U.S. rhetoric and support for al Qaeda, officials said Monday.

Karzai’s deputy spokesman Hamed Elmi told CNN the delegation from the Hizb-i-Islami group of maverick militant Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, which has been behind numerous deadly attacks in Afghanistan, had submitted a peace plan.

“We can confirm that the delegation is in Kabul, they have met with the president and they have a plan with them,” Elmi said, adding that he had no knowledge of the plan’s contents or any timeline for a government response.

“They have submitted the plan, we’re looking at it and analyzing it and will make a decision when we’ve had time to read it.

Hekmatyar, a former prime minister who was a key figure in resistance to Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s, has long been a thorn in the side of coalition forces struggling to make headway in their battle against Taliban militants.

Once regarded by the Pentagon as a key military player, he has constantly shifted allegiances, at times expressing support for both the Taliban and al Qaeda, but also a willingness to work with the government if U.S. and NATO forces quit the country.

In a 2006 video message, Hekmatyar pledged backing for al Qaeda’s leaders and promised to carry on the fight alongside them against the “infidels.” He also called on Afghans to join the fight against U.S.-led troops.

Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/03/22/afghanistan.militants.talks/

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