'It's time to talk to the Taliban'

Head of UN mission in Afghanistan calls for political solution with group.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
March 4, 2010 12:27
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US soldiers Afghanistan 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

 
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The head of the UN mission in Afghanistan says it's "high time" a political solution is found with the Taliban to resolve the more than eight-year-old conflict.

In his last news conference as the UN representative to Afghanistan, Kai Eide said Thursday that "it's time to talk" with the Taliban.

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He says he hopes a spring meeting will result in a national consensus for peace.

Eide also said would continue his push for electoral reforms following a decree from President Hamid Karzai that gives the Afghan the authority to appoint members of the formerly independent Electoral Complaints Commission.

The group, which monitors election fraud, was previously dominated by UN appointees, who uncovered massive fraud in last year's presidential election.

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