Taliban Negotiations Possible

Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan Ron Hoffman says Canada is willing to help launch negotiations between the Taliban and Afghan government, Canwest News Service reported.

Published: Wednesday, 10/22/2008 12:00 am EDT

Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan Ron Hoffman says Canada is willing to help launch negotiations between the Taliban and Afghan government, Canwest News Service reported. Mr. Hoffman said the time is "ripe" for reconciliation as lower-level insurgents become increasingly fatigued from fighting and "are keen to have a more normal life." However, while Mr. Hoffman said he believes some elements of the insurgency would be willing to negotiate, he felt the Afghan side will likely wait until they feel they can bargain from a stronger position.

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