Afghan leader appeals to Taliban to lay down guns

KABUL — Afghanistan's president appealed to Taliban fighters to laydown their weapons and accept Afghan laws as the government and itsinternational allies push a program to entice militants away from theinsurgency.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai spoke three days afterhe and Western backers agreed at a conference in London to create amore comprehensive program to bring Taliban insurgents over to thegovernment's side in order to reduce violence that has raged in recentyears.
Incentives have existed for years for the Taliban to stopfighting, but these have generally been ineffective, attracting onlythe lowest-level fighters with no guarantees they wouldn't return tothe insurgency or that promised aid would come through.
Karzaistressed he plans to reconcile with Taliban leaders as much as they arewilling, but he made clear his offer of reconciliation did not extendto anyone in al-Qaida, saying there was no room in Afghanistan forterrorists.