Taliban willing to negotiate with Afghan government

September 10, 2007 14:44

The Taliban would consider holding negotiations with the Afghan government, but no direct offer has been made by President Hamid Karzai's administration, a spokesman for the group said Monday. "If Karzai and his government ask directly for negotiations, the Taliban would consider that offer," Qari Yousef Ahmadi said by phone from an unknown location. Ahmadi's comments come a day after Karzai reiterated an offer to negotiate with the hard-line fundamentalists, but added, the fighters "don't have an address" or a telephone number. "Who do we talk to?" Ahmadi, however, said the fighters live in Afghanistan and were easy to contact if government officials wanted to talk. He noted that South Korean officials flew into the country and quickly contacted the Taliban for negotiations over the fate of South Korean hostages last month.

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