By ROD NORDLAND
Published: April 6, 2011
KABUL, Afghanistan — A top Afghan official confirmed on Wednesday that the country’s government had been in peace talks with the Taliban.
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The official, Mohammad Massoom Stanekzai, secretary of the High Peace Council and an adviser to the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, said reconciliation talks had been under way with insurgents for some time.
“We’re in touch, we talk all the time, we’ve done a lot, we’ve sent representatives to their sides and they’ve sent representatives to our side,” said Mr. Stanekzai, who advises Mr. Karzai on reconciliation issues.