Some Taleban figures ready to negotiate peace deal
LONDON (REUTERS) - Some Taleban figures are ready to negotiate a comprehensive peace deal involving a long-term United States (US) military presence in Afghanistan, but will not accept Mr Hamid Karzai's government, the Guardian reported on Monday.
Citing a report to be published by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), the British newspaper said the Taleban was determined to make a decisive break with al-Qaeda as part of a settlement and was open to negotiation about education for girls.
"The Taleban would be open to negotiating a ceasefire as part of a general settlement, and also as a bridge between confidence-building measures and the core issue of the distribution of political power in Afghanistan," the Guardian quoted the report as saying.
RUSI said its report, entitled "Taleban Perspectives on Reconciliation", was based on interviews with four unnamed Taleban figures, two of whom were ministers in the former Taleban government and are still close to the inner circle of leadership.