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A Bold Afghan Peace Offer, but are the Taliban Interested?

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AP/Military Times, 14 March 2018

In this article by Kathy Gannon on the forthcoming Ulema conference in Indonesia and recent peace initiatives, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted:

Thomas Ruttig, co-founder of the independent Afghanistan Analysts Network, called Ghani’s offer “a good beginning, not more, not less.”

“Most elements of the proposal have been brought up earlier, but now they come in a combined form,” he said. “A ceasefire was officially mentioned for the first time, but without any explanation: Who first, both sides together? And if the latter, how to get there? This needs talks first.” (…)

Ruttig also pointed out that the final declaration that came out of last month’s Kabul conference that produced Ghani’s peace offering promised that future talks could involve “contested aspects of the future international presence” in Afghanistan. Ruttig said that could provide an opening for direct or indirect talks between the U.S. and the Taliban.