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Afghan peace meeting postponed

2010-05-23 22:19

Kabul - An Afghan official says a conference to discuss peace prospects with the Taliban has been postponed for a second time.

The gathering of tribal elders and other community leaders had been expected to begin this coming Saturday.

But the spokesperson for the conference, Gul Agha Ahmedi, says the meeting will be begin June 2 and last three days. No reason for the delay was given.

The conference, known as a "peace jirga" (JER-ga), was postponed from early May to allow President Hamid Karzai to discuss his peace plans during a visit to Washington earlier this month.

No representatives of the Taliban are due to attend. Instead the conference will focus on economic incentives for insurgents willing to give up the fight.