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Taliban calls for new constitution in French talks

media Taliban recruits in southern Afghanistan, 5 May 2011 Reuters

Afghanistan's Taliban has called for a new constitution as a condition to it co-operating with the country’s peace process, at a meeting in France.

Senior Taliban figures Shahabuddin Dilawar and Naeem Wardak met with government and opposition officials to discuss the country’s future in talks organised by a French think tank.

"Afghanistan's present constitution has no value for us because it was made
under the shadows of B52 bombers of the invaders," a statement from the Taliban said.

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"Islamic Emirate, for the welfare of their courageous nation, need a constitution that is based on the principles of the holy religion of Islam, national interest, historical achievements, and social justice,” it read.

Taliban officials were invited to the two day talks to negotiate the future of Afghanistan following the withdrawal of Western troops at the end of 2014.

President Hamid Karzai is trying to persuade the Taliban and other insurgent groups to agree to a ceasefire and to become peaceful players in the establishment of a democracy.

The meeting organised by the Foundation for Strategic Research was held at an undisclosed location near Paris.
 

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