U.S. to continue support Afghan peace process: U.S. diplomat   2012-01-22 22:38:22            

KABUL, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman said Sunday that Washington would continue to support Afghan peace process.

"The ultimate goal of our efforts has been and remained to create a condition for peace process among Afghans," ambassador Grossman told a joint press conference with Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin here.

He made these remarks amid media reports that Taliban have shown readiness for talks to find negotiated settlement for Afghan crisis.

Afghan Taliban early this month for the first time announced that they had reached preliminary understanding with the government of Qatar to open a liaison office there to facilitate peace talks.

However, the outfit in the statement marginalized Afghan government, saying the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (name of the ousted Taliban regime) and the United States of America are the two sides involved in Afghanistan issue over the past 10 years.

"I found strong support for peace in Afghanistan and for conversations among Afghans. Afghanistan and United States support a peace process for Afghanistan," the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan went on to say at the press conference.

However, he noted "We are looking for thinks from Taliban as will, disassociating them with international terrorism."

Meantime, Ambassador Grossman at the press conference stated that Taliban has yet to open its office in Qatar. However, he added that the process for opening the office is going on.

Speaking at the press conference, Ludin emphasized that any peace talks with Taliban "should be Afghan-led and Afghan owned."

He also said that Afghan government supports transferring detainees from U.S. detention center in Guantanomo to Qatar.

Taliban outfit has already demanded the release of their prisoners from Guantanamo detention as a condition for peace talks.

Replying a quesiton, ambassador Grossman said, the United States will not take any decision to release Taliban detainees.

Editor: yan
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