Kabul: Afghan President Hamid Karzai
asked a visiting UN Security Council delegation on Tuesday to
remove the names of some Taliban members from a terror
blacklist, the government said.
Karzai met the 15-member committee and requested they
"remove names of those Taliban who are not linked to
Al-Qaeda", the president`s office said.
The UN visit came after a landmark peace meeting in
Afghanistan early this month produced a 16-point resolution
and called for removing militant leaders from the list.
The jirga advised the government to seek the removal
of names -- including those of Mullah Mohammad Omar and
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar -- from the UN Security Council blacklist
compiled after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Omar has been supreme leader of the Taliban movement
since it emerged in the early 1990s while Hekmatyar, former
Afghan prime minister and warlord, is currently waging an
insurgency separate to the Taliban.
The list designated as terrorists Taliban and Al-Qaeda
leaders who were based in Afghanistan at the time, and helped
to provide a UN-sanctioned justification for the US-led
invasion of the country in November 2001.
The Taliban, ousted by the 2001 invasion, have vowed
to boycott any peace negotiations until the 142,000 US-led
foreign troops leave Afghanistan.