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Venue set for Pakistan, Taleban direct talks

Published on Mar 22, 2014 10:36 PM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan's negotiators have agreed on a location to hold direct peace talks with the Taleban, the head of the militant group's negotiation committee said on Saturday.

"The process of talking directly to the Taleban will start in two to three days, both sides have agreed on the venue," Sami Ul Haq, a negotiator for the Tehreek-e-Taleban Pakistan (TTP), told reporters, following a meeting also attended by the country's interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

"Both sides are showing flexibility and a willingness for success of the talks," Haq added, saying the chosen place would be declared a "peace zone" but without specifying its location.

In an effort to take the talks to a higher level, the government last week formed a new four-member committee to begin direct contact with the Taleban.

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