Monday, December 19, 2011

Turning Point for Secret Taliban-U.S. Talks -- Will it help ending Afghan war?

WASHINGTON, DC – According to a senior US official; the top secret talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents have already on the conclusion points after 10-month long dialogue process. The ultimate outcome of the dialogue will not only decide the future of US presence in Afghanistan but it will also lead to end the Afghan war.

Afghanistan future depends upon the outcomes of secret Taliban-U.S. Talks
U.S. are already thinking to shift certain number of Taliban prisoners from their military prison in Guantanamo Bay into Afghan government custody just to accelerate the dialogue process and to get the desirable outcome, reported by Reuters.

In return U.S. and Afghan government definitely need Taliban to match that confidence-building measure like condemnation of international terrorism and a public compliance to begin formal political talks with the government headed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Afghanistan diplomacy, already in a delicate phase, needs some extraordinary steps to restore the confidence for those who don’t like U.S. presence in the region. One of the most significant snags, which can restrain to attain the positive outcome, is the U.S. plan to withdraw the troops by the end of 2014 that potentially reduces the motivation for the Taliban to negotiate.

The subjected secret talks, even with the possible doubtful outcome, are considered as the most important part of President Obama’s backhand Afghan policy, U.S. senior officials said sharing the new details on the condition of anonymity.

The officials further revealed that U.S. officials have been involved in about half a dozen meetings with the representatives of Taliban insurgents close to Mullah Omar - leader of the Taliban's Quetta Shura - mainly in Germany and Doha.

The stakes in the diplomatic effort could not be more as the collapse would possibly deepen the Afghanistan conflict, which might lead to civil war, after NATO coalition start delegating security tasks to hamid Karzai's weak government by the end of 2014.

On the other hand; success would mean a political end to the 10-yeal long Afghan war and the likelihood that parts of the Taliban - some stricter ones seem prone to reject the talks - could be reconciled.

All these secret diplomatic efforts are now at a deciding point.

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