Taliban refuse peace talks offer until foreign troops leave Afghanistan

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September 30, 2007 08:14

 
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The Taliban will "never" negotiate with Afghan authorities until US and NATO forces leave the country, a spokesman for the group said Sunday, again rebuffing an overture for peace talks from President Hamid Karzai. Karzai said Saturday he would be willing to meet personally with Taliban leader Mullah Omar and give militants a position in government in exchange for peace. But Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi repeated a position he announced earlier this month, saying there would be no negotiations until US and NATO troops withdraw from Afghanistan.

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