US ‘committed to Afghan talks’ despite Taliban suspension

March 16, 2012

BBC News

“There is no likely resolution to the conflict in Afghanistan without a political resolution,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

The Taliban said they were halting preliminary talks with the US because Washington’s message had been “erratic” – an accusation denied by Mr Carney.

Meanwhile, President Karzai called on Nato troops to leave Afghan villages.

A presidential statement said that as a result of the killing of 16 villagers by a US soldier on Sunday, international forces had to withdraw from rural outposts and return to larger bases.

Earlier on Thursday, the president told visiting US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta that Afghan troops should take the lead for nationwide security in 2013.

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