OSLO, Norway — It's time to accept that negotiations with Taliban leaders are needed to restore peace in Afghanistan, the UN's former envoy to the country said Tuesday.
Kai Eide, who stepped down in March after two years as the UN's top official in Afghanistan, said there is typically a reduction in fighting in the winter months. And he said that could offer an opportunity to test whether the Taliban are ready to start talks.
"I believe there is a window to get started," Eide told The Associated Press in an interview.
"The time has come to accept that a reconciliation policy cannot be viable if you don't include the leadership of those movements," he said, referring to the Taliban.