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Afghan Jirga Backs Call For Peace Talks With Taliban

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Some 1,600 delegates at a traditional assembly in Kabul concluded the three-day "peace jirga" with a call for Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government to take formal steps toward negotiating with the Taliban and other Islamic militants.

The delegates -- chosen to reflect Afghanistan's tribes, geography, and political factions -- broadly backed a 156-page peace proposal drafted by Karzai's administration.

The peace jirga's backing is considered "consultative" rather than obligatory. But the move bolsters Karzai's attempts to build national support for his plan, which includes an offer of amnesty, cash, and job incentives for Taliban foot soldiers and asylum in another country for senior Taliban leaders.

Growing Optimism

RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reported from Kabul that the delegates reassembled inside a massive tent on June 4 and the heads of the committees presented their conclusions.

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Story written by Ron Synovitz based on reports from RFE/RL Radio Free Afghanistan's Sultan Sarwar and news agencies.

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Afghan Jirga Backs Call For Peace Talks With Taliban

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