Achieving negotiated settlement in Afghanistan requires regional cooperation

08:49, October 22, 2010      

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By Abdul Haleem

The Afghan government, in its latest peace seeking efforts to tame Taliban insurgents and bring them to the negotiating table, has established a new body the High Council for Peace to accelerate the national reconciliation program.

The initiative, according to observers, is a good step but achieving the goal set for is obviously very difficult if not impossible.

A legacy of the cold war era, Afghanistan imbroglio is the most complicated issue of the globe as observers believe that the root cause of crisis goes beyond geographical boundaries of the conflict-ridden country.

Almost all regional states and powers, according to observers, are involved in Afghanistan in one way or another, and each of them has been struggling to secure and safeguard her interest there.

Countries bordering Afghanistan, according to observers, are opposing long-term presence of NATO-led forces in the war- shattered nation.

On the other hand, the Afghan government has been repeatedly emphasizing that terrorists' sanctuaries are not in Afghan villages and the international community fighting terrorism should target terrorists' safe havens and financial resources outside Afghanistan.

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