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Afghan reconciliation still seen uphill task

By Abdul Haleem (Xinhua)

08:23, July 12, 2012

KABUL, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Amid the ongoing national and international efforts to bring Taliban militants to negotiating table, Afghan observers show pessimism on the outlook of the government-initiated national reconciliation.

"No talks with Taliban will yield the desired outcome, it makes no difference whether the talks are held in Qatar, Paris, Japan or anywhere in the world," Afghan political analyst Faizullah Jalal told Xinhua on Wednesday.

He made this comment in the wake of reported negotiations between Afghan warring sides in Japan.

President Hamid Karzai during his stay in Tokyo revealed at a press conference that recently representatives of Taliban namely Qari Din Mohammad, of another militant group Hizb-e-Islami or the Islamic Party and of the government-backed High Council for Peace held meeting at Doshisha University in Kyoto city of Japan.

On Sunday, Karzai attended an international conference on Afghanistan in Tokyo where the world community pledged 16 billion U.S. dollars for the next four years to the militancy-plagued central Asian state.

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