NATO does not intend to bribe Taliban
guerrillas to defect to the Afghan government side as a way to end the
war, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday,
dismissing concerns over the latest plan to end the country's growing
Fogh Rasmussen's comments came amid a renewed push to
make peace with moderate Taliban insurgents and draw them into the
political process. The North Atlantic alliance has strongly backed an
Afghan plan to bring the insurgents over to the government's side.
Wednesday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited Saudi Arabia, hoping
the kingdom would help persuade Taliban militants to take part in a
negotiated settlement to the war. Saudi Arabia has a unique
relationship with the Taliban since it was one of the few countries to
recognize its regime in Afghanistan before it was ousted in 2001.
a post on the alliance's Web site ahead of a two-day meeting of NATO
defense ministers in Istanbul, Fogh Rasmussen said a new $140 million
trust fund would offer insurgents an alternative to remaining with the