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Germany mediating US-Taliban talks: report

The Local · 23 May 2011, 09:47

Published: 23 May 2011 09:47 GMT+02:00

Germany's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Michael Steiner is moderating the talks, the latest round of which took place on May 7 and 8 in Germany, the magazine said.

Steiner, a trained judge and long-term diplomat, once headed the UN mission to Kosovo.

The German foreign affairs ministry would not confirm the talks were being held when asked by news agency AFP, but said that Germany, "was supporting efforts to find a political solution" in Afghanistan.

A conference on Afghanistan would be held in Bonn on December 5, the ministry said, at the request of Afghan President Hamid Karzai in November last year.

US President Barack Obama's administration has been engaged in direct talks with senior Afghan Taliban officials responsible for leading the fight against the western-backed Kabul government, since the autumn of 2010, Spiegel said.

Three direct meetings have so far taken place. The first was held in Qatar and the second at the turn of the year in Germany.

The US side is represented by State Department and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officials, while the Afghan side is led by a relative of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, the magazine added.

The New Yorker magazine reported in February that the Obama administration had begun direct discussions with senior Taliban figures.

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According to the Washington Post newspaper, Obama is hoping to report progress toward a settlement of the Afghanistan war when he announces troop withdrawals in July.


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Your comments about this article

12:08 May 23, 2011 by Lachner
I thought that the U.S. Government did not negotiate with terrorists. Interesting.
13:03 May 23, 2011 by ame64
Looks like Obama is looking to get another peace prize.

Then once he has polished it and placed it over the fire place he can order another 1000 troops to Afganistan oder order the murder of civilians disguised as a Nato attack on Libya.
14:45 May 23, 2011 by adipk
US need a respective way to pull out him self. So now a peace treaty will sign, peace will bring to area for some time. this will show that they won and peace is there. And US won the peace. clapping, super bravo. shame on . after killing thousands of innocent now both party making deal. This is true that there is back door negotiation.
15:12 May 23, 2011 by XFYRCHIEF
Funny - "secret" and "private" have very different meanings in Germany. People clamor about their "privacy" being invaded by Streetview and now Streetside, but these "secret" talks are now open to public comment and scrutiny. So much for "privacy." What a bunch of hypocrites.
01:53 May 24, 2011 by Frenemy
These "secret" talks must have been hella boring (dude on the left is taking a nap)!
01:44 May 28, 2011 by DrGideonPolya
Good news! Germany has soiled itself through involvement in the Afghan Holocaust (5 million Afghan dead so far, similar to the number of Jews killed in the WW2 Jewish Holocaust).

The US Alliance Afghan War (5.0 million dead Afghans, mostly children) was ostensibly because of 9-11 (3,000 deaths) yet even according to the lying Bush-Obama "official version" of 9-11 no Afghans were involved in that atrocity. Very conveniently all the alleged perpetrators died in the 9-11 attacks and now Obama has become a murderer and an accessory after the fact of 9-11 by ordering the murder of the alleged master-mind and key witness Osama.

Successive US administrations have shown themselves to be pathological liars about anything of importance from 9-11 to the actually non-existent Iraqi Weapons of Mass destruction. Indeed science, architecture, engineering, military, aviation and intelligence experts say that the US did 9-11, some suggesting with likely Israeli involvement (for numerous such expert opinions Google "US did 9-11").

Post-invasion in Occupied Afghanistan, violent deaths total about 1.2 million, non-violent avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation total l 3.8 million, under-5 infant deaths total 2.7 million (90% avoidable and due to US Alliance war crimes in gross violation of the Geneva Convention) and refugees total 3-4 million - an Afghan Holocaust commensurate with the WW2 Jewish Holocaust and an Afghan Genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention.

Germany needs to urgently get out of Afghanistan and make partial amends for this appalling FURTHER holocaust involvement by helping get the war criminal US Alliance out as well.
10:05 May 28, 2011 by notelove2
Dr Gideon Polya I completely agree with you
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