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article imageTaliban halts talks with US, Karzai urges NATO to leave villages

By Anne Sewell     Mar 15, 2012 in World
Kandahar - In response to recent shootings in Afghanistan, the Taliban has halted talks with the U.S., and Afghanistan President Karzai says NATO must leave rural areas.
RT has just reported that the Taliban has halted talks with US.
The group’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said they suspended talks with the United States because of "shaky, erratic and vague" US position.
Taliban and US negotiators were to have preliminary talks aimed at establishing an office for the Taliban in Qatar, which was seen as a symbolic step towards ending the war. An exchange deal involving 5 Taliban being held in Guantanamo and 1 US soldier was also mooted.
“The Americans initially agreed to take practical steps regarding the exchange of prisoners and to not oppose our political office but with the passage of time, they turned their backs on their promises and started initiating baseless propaganda portraying the envoys of the Islamic Emirate as having commenced multilateral negotiations for solving the Afghan dilemma,” the statement reads.
And there would be no move in negotiations “until the Americans clarify their stance on the issues concerned and until they show willingness in carrying out their promises instead of wasting time.”
RT also reports that Afghanistan President Karzai has urged NATO to move out of Afghan villages and remote areas.
Today, Karzai proposed that NATO should be pulled back to its main bases and said that Afghan troops are ready to provide countrywide security.
Karzai told the US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that the transfer of authority could happen before the current target date of the end of 2014.
In an earlier Digital Journal report, it was advised that Afghan lawmakers are furious with the US for flying the soldier who allegedly killed 16 villagers on Sunday to Kuwait.
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