The Taliban in Afghanistan said on Wednesday they would not agree to a U.S. demand for a ceasefire as a condition for peace talks, but would not comment on a U.S. military report that they were set to retake the country when foreign troops left.
"Our struggle and jihad will continue until we have installed a complete Islamic government in Afghanistan, regardless of the year 2014 or 2015 when the foreign troops say will leave Afghanistan," said Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, a spokesman for the movement.
The Taliban announced last month that they would open a political office in the Qatari capital, Doha, to support possible peace talks with the United States.
But NATO said in a report leaked to media, including the Times newspaper in London, the Taliban, backed by Pakistan, were set to retake control of Afghanistan after NATO-led forces withdraw from the country in 2014.
While the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the report, prepared by the U.S. military, was not meant as a strategic assessment, it could be interpreted as a damning appraisal of the war, now dragging into its eleventh year and aimed at blocking a Taliban return to power.
Marc Grossman, the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, said during a January visit to Kabul that for talks to get underway and for a transfer of Taliban prisoners from U.S. custody in order to build confidence, the Taliban must first agree to a ceasefire, and renounce alleged support for al Qaeda.
Saudi Arabia is also reluctant to host separate talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban without concessions from the Islamist movement.Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Şubat 2012, 12:02