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UN's Top Envoy to Afghanistan Holds Talks With Taliban Warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar...

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The United Nations’ top official in Afghanistan for the first time held reconciliation talks with representatives of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a notorious Taliban-linked warlord, on Thursday. The breakthrough is important for keeping talks going, experts say, but is unlikely to result in immediate measures for peace.

Thursday’s meeting, which took place in the capital, Kabul, appears to be the second instance of Hekmatyar’s group, Hezb-i-Islam, making good on their offer to hold talks.Earlier this week, delegates of the militia met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who is pushing for reconciliation on a national scale. Taken together, the meetings have helped solidify the notion that talks with the Taliban, while still highly complicated and rebuffed on many sides, are moving ahead.

The United Nations’


Added: Mar-26-2010 
By: jumpingforJoy
Afghanistan, Middle East
Tags: UN's Top Envoy to Afghanistan, Holds Talks With, Taliban, Warlord, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar
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