Nov 2 2009
The (OBAMA-inspired) emboldened Taliban movement in Afghanistan turned down an American offer of power-sharing in exchange for accepting the presence of foreign troops, Afghan government sources confirmed.
“US negotiators had offered the Taliban leadership through Mullah Wakil Ahmed Mutawakkil (former Taliban foreign minister) that if they accept the presence of NATO troops in Afghanistan, they would be given the governorship of six provinces in the south and northeast,“ a senior Afghan Foreign Ministry official told IslamOnline.net requesting anonymity for not being authorized to talk about the sensitive issue with the media.
He said the talks, brokered by Saudi Arabia and Turkey, continued for weeks at different locations including the Afghan capital Kabul. Saudi Arabia, along with Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates, were the only states to recognize the Taliban regime which ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. Turkish Prime Minister Reccap Erodgan has reportedly been active in brokering talks between the two sides.
A Taliban spokesman admitted indirect talks with the US.”Yes, there were some indirect talks, but they did not work,” Yousaf Ahmedi, the Taliban spokesman in southern Afghanistan, told IOL from an unknown location via satellite phone. Afghan and Taliban sources said Mutawakkil and Mullah Mohammad Zaeef, a former envoy to Pakistan who had taken part in previous talks, represented the Taliban side in the recent talks.
The US Embassy in Kabul denied any such talks. “No, we are not holding any talks with Taliban,” embassy spokeswoman Cathaline Haydan told IOL from Kabul. (Liars) Asked whether the US has offered any power-sharing formula to Taliban, she said she was not aware of any such offer. “I don’t know about any specific talks and the case you are reporting is not true.” (Of course they are denying this because they failed)
Source say that for the first time the American negotiators did not insist on the “minus-Mullah Omer” formula, which had been the main hurdle in previous talks between the two sides.( That’s right, let the head terrorist be part of the discussion)
The Americans reportedly offered Taliban a form of power-sharing in return for accepting the presence of foreign troops. “America wants 8 army and air force bases in different parts of Afghanistan in order to tackle the possible regrouping of Al-Qaeda network,” the senior official said.
In exchange, the US offered Taliban the governorship of the southern provinces of Kandahar, Zabul, Hilmand and Orazgan as well as the northeastern provinces of Nooristan and Kunar. (I’m sure the women and girls in that area would be thrilled to have the Taliban ruining their lives again)
These provinces are the epicenter of resistance against the US-led foreign forces and are considered the strongholds of Taliban.
“But Taliban did not agree on that,” said the senior official. “Their demand was that America must give a deadline for its pull out if it wants negotiations to go on.” Ahmedi, the Taliban spokesman in southern Afghanistan, confirmed their principal position. “Our point of view is very clear that until and unless foreign forces do not leave Afghanistan, no talks will turn out to be successful.” ISLAM ONLINE
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