UN envoy says Taliban realize they can't win

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 23, 2010 01:15

 
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The top UN representative in Afghanistan said Wednesday the Taliban recognize they can't win the nearly decade-long war in Afghanistan though they won't admit it publicly.

Staffan De Mistura told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that everyone in Afghanistan realizes the only solution is a political agreement and therefore the government's peace initiatives are important and will be supported by the United Nations.

He said the intensified Afghan and NATO military campaign is "showing results" and "producing improvement."

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