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UN: Taliban may be willing to talk to Afghan gov't

UN: Taliban may be willing to talk to Afghan gov't

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the Taliban may be willing to hold talks with the Afghan government.
Ban cited two statements from the Taliban prompted by a recent U.N. report on civilian casualties as "perhaps indicating a willingness to engage."
"I encourage a meaningful dialogue to reduce this intolerable, continuing death toll and to protect civilians," the U.N. chief told the U.N. Security Council Tuesday.
According to a recent U.N. report, 2,754 Afghan civilians were killed in 2012, down 12 percent from 3,131 in 2011. The U.N. said the Taliban and other insurgents were responsible for 81 percent of the civilian deaths and injuries last year.
Ban spoke shortly before the council voted unanimously to extend the mandate of the U.N.'s political mission in Afghanistan until March 19, 2014.


Updated : 2021-02-26 23:31 GMT+08:00