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Top diplomats' meet on Apr 27 to review 'obstacles' to Afghan peace

Islamabad , Wed, 25 Apr 2012 ANI

Islamabad, Apr 25 (ANI): Top diplomats from Pakistan, Afghanistan and the U.S. will meet in Islamabad on April 27 to discuss "obstacles" to the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan, announced Omar Daudzai, the country's ambassador in Pakistan.

Daudzai told The Express Tribune that the core group would also review progress of the Afghan peace process achieved so far.

The trilateral forum was revived last month when senior diplomats from the three countries met at Dushanbe, Tajikistan, after a seven-month deadlock following the assassination of Afghan peace envoy Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani.

Daudzai said the Afghan side will call upon Pakistan to "step up" its investigation into the killing of Burhanuddin.

US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman and Afghan Deputy Minister Javed Ludin will attend the meeting. Pakistan Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani will represent his country.

According to Afghan sources, Pakistan and Afghanistan will also revive the joint peace and reconciliation process following the nomination of new peace envoy Salahuddin Rabbani, the son of slain Burhanuddin Rabbani.

The Afghan-Pakistan-U.S. meet will be held at a time when the Taliban have broken off talks with the U.S. in Qatar, citing unacceptable demands by the U.S.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said they are still waiting for a "positive" response to three of their major demands, including the release of prisoners held in Afghanistan and at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba. (ANI)

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