Taliban representatives will this week meet their bitter foes from the Northern Alliance in an initiative aimed at heading off civil war in Afghanistan after Nato forces leave at the end of 2014.
The old enemies will be represented among 20 delegates attending a conference organised by a French think tank, at an undisclosed location outside Paris.
The Taliban have insisted that the meeting will not involve negotiations, but a senior member of the Afghan High Peace Council said simply getting the enemies in the same room was “an excellent development”.
Northern Alliance leaders have been among the most opposed to any concessions to the Taliban in peace talks and have warned they will reject any secret deal between Kabul and the insurgents.
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