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Wednesday
Mar022011

British Report Says It's Time to Talk to the Taliban

Photo Courtesy - Majid Saeedi/Getty Images(LONDON) -- An influential British parliamentary committee says the time has come to talk seriously with the Taliban in Afghanistan.   

A new British "Foreign Affairs Committee report" says current tactics in Afghanistan are not working. "What we actually want now is to try and persuade the Taliban to come to the table, sit down and actually enter into a dialogue involving Pakistan, involving the United States, and have an Afghan-led political reconciliation process, says Committee chairman, Richard Ottaway.

The report adds the purpose of having British forces in the country -- protecting UK national security -- may have been achieved "some time ago."  Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague agrees, saying it's time to advance a political process.

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