Taliban chief proposes formula to end Afghanistan crisisDecember 20th, 2008 - 3:23 pm ICT by IANS
Kabul, Dec 20 (Xinhua) Mullah Mohammad Omar, the elusive leader of Taliban movement in Afghanistan, has proposed a formula to end conflicts and bring about peace in his war-torn country, an Afghan newspaper reported Saturday.Omar delivered his peace formula through Saudi Arabia King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, the Outlook newspaper reported, attributing the report to Iran’s Press TV.
Without going into the details of the formula, the paper said the Taliban chief, contrary to the past, has stressed in his plan for a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan.
“Peacekeeping troops from Muslim countries should replace the NATO and US troops to ensure a smooth transition until the Afghans can reach a consensus government,” Omar insisted in his formula, the newspaper said.
Another demand made by the Taliban chief was about sharing power with the current Afghan regime. He also wanted consolidation of the Taliban fighters into the Afghan Army and amnesty for them.
Taliban spokespersons were not immediately available for comments.
Omar, who has not been seen in public since being ousted from power by US-led troops in 2001, had previously conditioned any talks with President Hamid karzai’s government with the pullout of more than 70,000-strong international forces from Afghanistan.
With mediation of Saudi Arabia, a meeting was held between Taliban and pro-government figures, including some Afghan parliamentarians in Riyadh some three months ago.
President Karzai, besides appreciating the talks, called on Saudi Arabian leader to play a role in strengthening security in Afghanistan.
Nevertheless, the fugitive Taliban chief, whose name is among the US’ list of most wanted men, has warned of intensive attacks on foreign troops if the US sends additional troops to Afghanistan.
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