The Straits Times
Published on Oct 15, 2012

Afghan peace negotiator sees progress in talks with Taleban


KABUL (REUTERS) - The Afghan government's efforts to encourage Taleban insurgents to enter peace talks are making progress despite apparent deadlock, a senior government negotiator said on Sunday.

Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, who was wounded in a Taleban attack a year ago, suggested there was behind-the-scenes activity to start a peace process in Afghanistan.

"When politicians are on the stage, they will be always saying something different than what they are discussing in private," he said.

"There (is) progress," he said, without giving details.