Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

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Taliban demands prisoner release to rejoin Afghan peace talks

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Reuters, 24 January 2016

Two short quotes by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig in this Reuters piece:

Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network in Kabul, said the Taliban have been fairly consistent in their demands and he is skeptical the latest push would yield any results [the latter refers to the quadrilateral talks hosted by Pakistan].

“The demand for a release of what they call political prisoners had been on the table in earlier talks, too,” he said. The latest demands are not a sign that the “Taliban are willing to join talks anytime soon”.