Taliban set to attend Paris conference

2012-12-10 19:36

Kabul - The Taliban said on Monday it would attend a conference in Paris on Afghanistan this month but would not hold peace talks with Afghan government delegates or other groups.

A member of Afghanistan's government-appointed High Peace Council said, however, that its representatives would meet the Taliban.

"Obviously, yes we will, as we all attend the same conference. And we could also meet them on the sidelines of the meeting," Din Mohammad, who is also a cabinet minister, told AFP.

President Hamid Karzai has long sought peace talks with the Taliban, who have waged an 11-year insurgency, but the Islamists have dismissed his government as a puppet of the United States.

"We welcome any conference that is aimed at peace and stability in Afghanistan," presidential spokesperson Aimal Faizi told AFP.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement that the militants had accepted an invitation to attend the conference, which French government sources described as an internal Afghan colloquium on the future of the country.

"The Taliban in this conference will express its stance to the world community and we will send two representatives," he said.

"We must clarify that no talks with anyone are involved. This is only a research conference and the representatives of the Taliban are attending the conference only to address directly the world about their views face to face."

The Taliban said their invitation was recognition that the "Taliban are not just a simple movement [but] a movement with roots among the people".

"The Americans came to accepting the Taliban as a reality," it said.

Preliminary contacts between the US and the Taliban in Doha were broken off in March when the militants failed to secure the release of five of their senior members held in Guantanamo Bay.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-12-10 19:56

    Remember to check their luggage.

  • erich.goosen - 2012-12-10 20:04

    Is the French really going to allow these thugs to attend the conference? I hope they get arrested the moment they set foot on French soil.

  • siliziwem - 2012-12-10 20:17

    they mst attend it naked...thts much safer!

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-12-10 20:24

    WHAT?????!!!! These terrorists should be lured there and arrested on grounds of crimes against humanity. The simple religion they profess is a crime against humanity, if one takes U.N. resolutions seriously. Europe and USA should send more troops to Afghanistan and all those other nice places of islamic succes, given Carte blanche, and instructed to ignore thr R.O.E (just like the Taliban) and we don't leave until the last one is dead.

      Gcodi Matshona - 2012-12-10 20:36

      you are an insult to the human race,the taliban are successfully resisting the terrorizing occupiers ,you are a typical example of a brainwashed maggot!!!

      Gcodi Matshona - 2012-12-10 20:38

      you are an insult to the human race,the taliban are successfully resisting the terrorizing occupiers ,you are a typical example of a brainwashed maggot!!!

      Gorden Norman - 2012-12-10 20:40

      100% Correct this religion is madness

      zuma.compound - 2012-12-10 21:08

      @Gcodi you aren't part of the human race.

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-12-10 20:25

    Sorry, I guess just having a look at them is self explanatory, bloody retarded savages. These are Neanderthals in wraps.

      Gcodi Matshona - 2012-12-10 20:41

      dont be sorry,there is no apology for stupidity

  • Gorden Norman - 2012-12-10 20:52

    Guerillas in the mist oops I mean dust

  • avremel.niselow - 2012-12-10 21:10

    Why is the world becoming more and more friendly to terrorists?

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-12-10 21:23

      Except Israeli's you mean?

  • zach.vincent.37 - 2012-12-11 08:00

    Hamas has been legitimized, Next is the Taliban. These religious maniacs should not be given a platform unless we all just say, ok you can deny your women the right to an education and your people will obey your Sharia Law made by men on behalf of the invisible man in the sky. These dudes should be wiped off the face of the planet.

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