Saturday, January 12, 2013
Obama approves reconciliation talks between Afghanistan and Taliban
“Any peace process, any reconciliation — it is not for the United States to determine what the terms of this peace will be,” Obama said during a joint press briefing with Karzai today. “It is not possible to reconcile without renouncing terrorism, without them recognizing the Afghan Constitution, and recognizing that if there are changes that they want to make to how the afghan process operates then there is an orderly constitutional way to do tat and you can’t resort to violence.”
He also emphasized that the Taliban must agree to respect women. Karzai elaborated on the logistics of the reconciliation talks.