Freed Taliban return to battlefield – Top Afghan negotiator

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Chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation and lead negotiator Abdullah Abdullah (L) speaking at the historic peace talks with the Taliban in the Qatari capital Doha recently.
Chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation and lead negotiator Abdullah Abdullah (L) speaking at the historic peace talks with the Taliban in the Qatari capital Doha recently.

US: A number of Taliban prisoners who were released by the Afghan government as a condition for peace talks have taken up arms again, the government’s lead negotiator Abdullah Abdullah said Tuesday.

Abdullah, the chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation, said discussions with the Taliban in Qatar so far have been positive.

However, he said some — though not the majority — of the 5,000 Taliban prisoners released by the government as a condition for talks had resumed the fight against Kabul.

“I do know that some have returned to the battlefield, which is a violation of the agreement that they had made,” Abdullah said during an online conference with the US Council on Foreign Relations.

Abdullah said talks between the two sides had begun in Doha on a positive note, as the delegations build some familiarity with each other.

Yet the level of violence inside Afghanistan has not fallen, and he called on the United States, which launched the peace process with its own deal with the Taliban, and Pakistan, which maintains ties to the insurgents, to pressure them to agree to a ceasefire.

– AFP