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Monday
Jun242013

No Movement Yet on Afghan Peace Talks

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Everybody seemingly wants peace talks to begin to end the war in Afghanistan but no one's doing much about it.

There still appears to be a stalemate as Kabul remains upset with the Taliban over its headquarters in Doha, Qatar, and the Taliban continues to deny reports that it is being uncooperative.

The Afghan government wants assurances that the Taliban isn't using its building as some kind of government-in-exile by flying the white flag of the group and posting a sign that reads "Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan," signifying the Taliban's rule from 1996 until the U.S.-led invasion in October 2001.

There was a report in Saturday's New York Times from an unnamed rebel who stated that the flag and sign will remain at the Doha headquarters although Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says that the comment was not representative of his group.

However, Secretary of State John Kerry, who was in Doha on Saturday, asserted that if the Taliban fails to address Kabul's concerns about its headquarters, "We may have to consider whether or not the office has to be closed."

Should that happen, it's doubtful peace negotiations will begin any time in the foreseeable future.

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