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Westerwelle backs talks with Taliban

DDP/DPA/The Local · 20 Jul 2010, 12:10

Published: 20 Jul 2010 12:10 GMT+02:00

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Westerwelle said the meeting of leaders from more than 70 countries was a “very important day not just for Afghanistan, but also for the international community.”

After the seven-hour meeting, officials agreed to start shifting more responsibility for the country's security to Afghan forces by the end of 2010. The largest part of NATO's military deployment could then end by 2014.

The first four provinces ready to go it alone in 2011 will be announced at a NATO summit in Lisbon this autumn, Westerwelle said, adding that one would likely be in the north where German Bundeswehr troops are currently deployed.

Another part of the plan includes an agreement to channel at least 50 percent of development aid through the Afghan government. Leaders agreed to this request by Afghan President Hamid Karzai in exchange for pledges of fiscal reforms and more effective corruption prevention.

The Afghan government also aims to reconcile with the Taliban, a goal Westerwelle said he supported.

“Besides civil and military engagement, Afghanistan also needs a political process,” he said at the conference.

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Reintegrating Taliban insurgents will be a foundation for the development of a reliable state structure, he added, pointing to Germany’s contribution of €50 million to finance programmes to help members lay down their weapons.

Westerwelle also insisted that the strife-torn country remain committed to human rights, without which the political process would fail, he said.

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16:54 July 20, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
I'm not sure what to think of this without more information about how they plan to 'reconcile'. I suppose it could be a very good thing, but it could also be a massive mistake.

I certainly hope that this man, whom I already consider to be a complete idiot, isn't idiotic enough to hand the country back to those nutjobs after we paid in blood for it.
06:42 July 21, 2010 by snorge
This guy is an idiot - reconcile with the Taliban.

Someone put him in a drug rehab program!!!! He is obviously overdosing on crack.....
06:49 July 21, 2010 by wenddiver
Open up the wire and let him go out and talk one night. Really, it's not like Europe has a shortage of goof ball politicians with fantasyland ideas about the world. I personally am willing to risk having him beheaded, to secure peace.

Call his bluff, give him a jeep and tell him to go talk to the Taliban, stupid garbage talker.
18:20 July 21, 2010 by michael4096
All taliban are nutjobs? Trying to solve problems without thousands dying are 'fantasyland ideas'? Finding common ground with the enemy is 'stupid garbage'?

Von stauffenberg will be spinning in his grave.
23:35 July 21, 2010 by Major B
Initially I was against talking with those heathens. Many have commented on these pages on the futility of this conflict. I am starting to Chamberlain on this conflict in "far off" medieval giant Switzerland. Working a deal is part of our strategy to get the hell out. And don't send Westerwelle Alone in a jeep at night to talk with the Taliban. He should be allowed to take his wife.
00:04 July 24, 2010 by nabs
please check out http://www.islamicsolutions.com/if-it-is-extreme-it-is-not-islam/
00:18 July 24, 2010 by DrGideonPolya
Herr Westerwelle's suggestion that they talk with the Taliban - the Indigenous Afghan political movement that provides civil administration to a substantial part of Afghanistan despite war and war criminal foreign occupation and which banned and largely destroyed the Afghan opium industry in 2000-2001 - is a ray of hope re the disgraceful German participation in the US Alliance-imposed Afghan Genocide.

This is in fact the secret disengagement strategy of the Obama Administration and the "talks from a position of strength" disengagement strategy advocated by top counterinsurgency expert for the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan, former Australian Army colonel David Kilcullen (see "Kilcullen on the faltering war in Afghanistan", ABC TV, 7.30 Report, 1 July 2010) .

After the WW2 Holocaust (30 million, Slavs, Jews and Gypsies killed), in 1945 the defeated Germans adopted a CAAAA (C4A) post-Holocaust protocol involving Cessation of the killing, Acknowledgment of the crimes, Apology, Amends and Assertion "never again to anyone".

However Germany is grossly violating this post-Holocaust CAAAA (C4A) protocol in Occupied Afghanistan where post-invasion non-violent excess deaths total 3.5 million; post-invasion violent deaths are estimated at 1 million; post-invasion under-5 infant deaths total 2.4 million; refugees total 3-4 million plus a further 2.5 million refugees generated in NW Pakistan by the US - an Afghan Holocaust and an Afghan Genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention .

For shocking details of this ongoing atrocity simply Google UNICEF, Afghan Holocaust or Afghan Genocide. Whereas in 1945 many Germans could say that "they didn't know" what had been happening in Eastern Europe, in 2010 the Awful Truth is just a few mouse clicks away.

Thus the annual death rate is 7% for under-5 year old infants in Germany- and US Alliance-occupied Afghanistan as compared to 4% for Poles in Nazi-occupied Germany and 5% for French Jews in Nazi -occupied France (see "Polish Holocaust, Afghan Holocaust and Western Holocaust denial").
08:56 July 24, 2010 by gtappend
Do the Taliban drink a lot of tea?
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