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UNITED NATIONS, January 6 (Itar-Tass) – United Nations has perceived with interest the reports saying that Taliban has reached agreement on opening an office in Qatar, Martin Nesirky, the official spokesperson for the UN Secretary General told a news briefing here Thursday.
He cited a statement by the UN mission for assistance to Afghanistan, which says the current conflict can be settled with the aid of political means only.
The mission says it will support any initiative capable of facilitating progress of the peace process steered and controlled by the Afghans themselves, Nesirky said.
U.S. and its military and political allies have failed to eliminate Taliban over the ten years since the invasion of Afghanistan at the end of 2001. As the deadlines for the pullout of foreign military contingents from the country get closer, increasing more reports appear on the Western political quarters’ attempts to establish a dialogue with the Talibs appear in the media.
Russia insists on national reconciliation being the key aspect of Afghan peace settlement.
Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, told a meeting of the Security Council a few days ago that the process of national reconciliation should develop under the Afghan authorities’ control, while the militants should comply with the three universal conditions – recognize the Constitution, break up with Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations and lay down arms.