Britain advised to make peace with Taliban

Nov. 26, 2006 at 5:37 PM
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LONDON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A Pakistani military official says the British government should end its operations in Afghanistan and begin talks with the Taliban.

The former leader of Pakistan's border forces, Lt. Gen. Ali Mohammad Jan Aurakzai, said Britain's efforts in Afghanistan will never be successful without negotiations with Taliban leaders, The Times of London reported.

"This is the only way forward," said Aurakzai, who has mediated several recent peace deals in Pakistan. "There will be no military solution, there has to be a political solution. How many more lives have to be lost before people realize it's time for dialogue?"

Aurakzai pointed out the history Britain has in the Middle Eastern country and warns that history will indeed repeat itself if the British government does not alter its strategy.

To date, more than 43,000 combined U.S. and NATO troops are stationed in Afghanistan and more may be on their way if all goes as planned at an upcoming NATO summit.

The Times said that Aurakzai suggested the coalition forces have done little to meet their goals in the region and in fact, their presence only has made the insurgency stronger in the nation.

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