Obstacles in path to Afghan peace | Afghanistan News | Al Jazeera

Obstacles in path to Afghan peace

Former diplomat urges removal of Taliban names from UN blacklists and recognition of group.

    Afghan and international forces are reported to be planning for a major military assault against the Taliban in Kunduz, a northern province, along the lines of Operation Moshtarak under way in Helmand.

    Nevertheless, the joint forces, in an effort to avoid further conflict, have asked Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, a former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan, to talk to the Taliban with the aim of convincing the group to lay down its arms.

    Zaeef, however, says there are a lot of "obstacles" in the path of peace.

    They include the removal of Taliban members from UN blacklists, which includes Zaeef, and UN recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political group.

    Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reports from Kabul. 

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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