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President Karzai's Talks with Taliban


Remarks
Richard Holbrooke
Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan 
Berlin, , Germany
October 11, 2010

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AP soundite of Ambassador Holbrooke on  President Karzai’s Talks with Taliban

AMBASSADOR HOLBROOKE: But what he (Afghan President Hamid Karzai in CNN interview) said was quite clear - that they had been in contact with people from the Taliban on a continuing basis. We are not involved in those talks, but we support them, provided they follow the red lines that are absolutely critical, because we have a strategic interest here, that anyone deciding to rejoin the political system in Afghanistan has to renounce Al Qaida, lay down their arms and participate in the constitution of the country.

AMBASSADOR HOLBROOKE: I think that the Jihadists, by misrepresenting the international effort in Afghanistan have made it sort of romantic, if you will excuse the odd use of that word, romantic to some misguided young people in Europe and the United States and they think it will be really romantic to go and fight the Jihad against the American and NATO forces. And this is because propaganda has misled them and they don't understand the truth. The truth is that the bulk of the Afghan people want to be free of the Taliban.

AMBASSADOR HOLBROOKE: We are not involved in those talks, but we support them, provided they follow the red lines that are absolutely critical, because we have a strategic interest here, that anyone deciding to rejoin the political system in Afghanistan has to renounce Al Qaida, lay down their arms and participate in the constitution of the country.



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