Afghanistan peace talks begins in Pakistan

Mon 11 Jan 2016, 17:47:32
ISLAMABAD : Senior officials from the four countries are meeting in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, to launch  Renewed peace efforts effort they hope come amid spiralling violence in Afghanistan, with last year, after the withdrawal of most foreign forces at the end of 2014, one of the bloodiest on record. The Taliban, who were ousted in 2001, remain split on whether to take part in talks, with some factions opposed to any negotiations but others considering joining talks, senior members of Taliban groups said last week. Afghanistan has said the aim is to work out a road map for peace negotiations and a way Officials are keen to limit expectations of a quick breakthrough. Peace efforts last year stalled after the Taliban announced that their founder, Mullah Mohammad Omar, had been dead for two years, throwing the militant group into disarray and factional fighting over a new leader. In recent months the Taliban have won territory in the southern province of Helmand, briefly captured the northern city of Kunduz and launched a series of suicide bombs in the capital, underlining how hard Afghan government forces are finding it fighting on their own. Delegates from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States sat down on Monday for talks to resurrect a stalled Afghan peace process and end nearly 15 years of bloodshed, even as fighting with Taliban insurgents intensifies.
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