No negotiations with NATO: Taliban

Taliban in Afghanistan have refused to hold negotiations with NATO forces.

Updated: Jul 01, 2010, 13:18 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The Taliban in Afghanistan have refused to hold any kind of negotiations with NATO forces.

According to a BBC report, the Taliban believe they are winning the war, and hence cannot see why they should help NATO by entering into any kind of talks with them.

The Taliban’s reaction come after US commanders and the British Army Chief of Staff, Gen David Richards, suggested that it might be useful to negotiate with the Taliban.

The BBC reports that the Taliban believe the Americans are in disarray following the sacking of the NATO commander Gen Stanley McChrystal last week.

According to the text handed over to the BBC by its trusted intermediary, Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahedd, says: "We do not want to talk to anyone - not to [President Hamid] Karzai, nor to any foreigners - till the foreign forces withdraw from Afghanistan.”

"We are certain that we are winning. Why should we talk if we have the upper hand, and the foreign troops are considering withdrawal, and there are differences in the ranks of our enemies?"