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Taliban intermediaries wrap up two-day talks

English.news.cn   2014-02-10 12:01:29

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Taliban and their intermediaries have wrapped up two-day talks in the Waziristan tribal region as part of the ongoing peace negotiations with the government, a Taliban spokesman said Monday.

A two-member team of the Taliban mediators led by senior member of the Taliban dialogue committee, Prof. Mohammad Ibrahim, is scheduled to return from Waziristan later on Monday to share details of their talks with the Taliban.

The Taliban intermediaries will hold the second round of talks with a four-member government committee to apprise them of their discussions with the Taliban leaders.

The Taliban spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid, avoided comments on details of the meeting. The Taliban are likely to issue a formal statement sometime later.

Shahid, who was present at the talks at an undisclosed location in Waziristan tribal region, did not confirm reports in the local media about the ceasefire and conditions.

"These are just speculations," the spokesman said when asked if the Taliban political committee has put 15 conditions and agreed on a ceasefire.

He denied the Taliban involvement in an attack on a shrine in the port city of Karachi late Sunday that left eight people dead and over a dozen injured.

Pakistani Taliban say that their political committee's members had been involved in long discussions on several "complicated" issues with their intermediaries over the past two days.

Asked about why the talks took two days, he said, "both sides were talking about very delicate and complex issues. This also shows the Taliban's seriousness to have detailed consultations with their mediators and to apprise them of all issues to convey to the government."

"As our mediators will have more direct talks with the government's committee and that is why the Taliban members of the political committee want to talk in detail and with seriousness about all matters," he said.

Editor: Liu Dan
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