September 28th, 2010
10:21 AM ET

Women, warlords on peace council for Taliban talks

Former warlords, village elders and women are among the members of an Afghan peace council designed to spearhead "serious, substantive dialogue" efforts with the Taliban opposition.

The Afghan government Tuesday announced the members of the High Peace Council that will spearhead reconciliation efforts.

"They will be the sole body to take care of the peace talks and the government of Afghanistan will respect their mandate and will not try to create back channels or to try to duplicate the work of the high council for peace," Waheed Omar, Afghanistan's presidential spokesman, told CNN.

A U.S.-led invasion overthrew the Taliban government after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, carried out by the al Qaeda terror network, which was harbored by the Taliban.

As the war ground on, talk emerged of contact between both sides.

"So far as contacts are concerned, yes - over the past years there have been signs and signals from the armed opposition. There have been contacts on both sides but all of that remains on the level of contacts and signs and signals," Omar said.

"There is no substantive negotiations or substantive dialogue with the armed opposition. And we hope that after the establishment of the peace council which was established today, we will enter into a serious substantive dialogue with the opposition."

Sixty men, eight women and two other women still to be named will serve on the panel, which was set up to help end the long war between coalition and Afghan forces and militants from the Taliban. President Hamid Karzai recently announced the creation of the panel.

The presence of women on the board is significant because the Taliban persecuted women when the movement controlled the country and have targeted institutions such as girls' schools during the insurgency.

Rachel Reid, an analyst for Human Rights Watch, said the list contains "too many names here that Afghans will associate with war crimes, warlordism and corruption."

"This is a disappointing outcome for Afghan women and girls," said Reid. "Women are once again being short-changed. The government had promised them more robust representation than this."

Omar said the group is "large" because the mandate is big.

"I'm sure that once the peace council starts working, they will have specialized groups working in different directions," he said.

soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. that was cute

    bahahahaha

    September 29, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JudyG

    70 Men 8+2 woment. Really sounds equal at a rate of 10 10 1. It may be a start but still terrible odds for women.

    September 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankly Speaking..

      This coming from a national whose country has never had a "female" president..your odds are million to none, go fix that first🙂

      September 29, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • I agree 100%

        & that president should be me

        September 29, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • kathy

      Judy, since it will be ten women for 70 men, the odds are in our favor as we know the best man for the job is a WOman.

      September 30, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. kathy

    It is good they will have ten women on this council but although women often clean up the mess males make of things, these women will be outnumbered so even these women may not be able to get the job done. This being said, if anyone will be able to do it, women will. We all know the best man for the job is a WOman as women can do almost anything better than most males can do it.

    September 29, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      I don't care if they are Men are Woman talking about making PEACE in the regent!!! All I care is that They have the right to talk for Those We are fighting there... Otherwise We just have what We have with the Palestine!!! As everyone can see it is nothing...

      September 29, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mahji General Mehdi Ahmed Abbadon

    if i were all of YOU? I would get down off that soap box and onto my knees. start begging God to Forgive YOU.
    Not MY wars. Not MY Countries. Not MY Troops. Not MY Women. Not MY Problem.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mahji General Mehdi Ahmed Abbadon

    oh! QUICK !! Its election time in america hurry puppet get something done.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mahji General Mehdi Ahmed Abbadon

    Every thread you same few cowards and your spamming crap.
    you barking pakai dogs are no differtn thten this american trash.
    and all of you are no differerant then Karzai.
    you too will now learn the hard way what happens ot instigators and those who play all sides.
    oh but you are so clever.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Yakobernaut

    Holy Islamica, thats a whole lotta bullsht. Need to find my hip waders with you around

    September 28, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Frankly Speaking..

    Maybe coz most of them are as ugly as your momma!.. go sell your sisters and daughters, the afghan women have more shame than that

    September 28, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      It would have been nice if they had the words in English so that We would know what She was singing!!! It sounded the same as the one when She was talking about killing Americans to Me...

      September 29, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. morris2196

    You don't try to reconcile with an armed madman, you kill him.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      People like you are a national disgrace.I'm sick and tired of all these right-wing comments calling for more and more bloodshed.Enough already!!!

      September 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Shouldn't you be calling him a Tea Party supporter, or blaming the MIC, genius?
        I think we're all sick and tired of YOUR nonsense!

        September 28, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Sorry Dan,I didn't post the above but I have a good idea who did.Always some sicko trying to make a joke out of this obscene war and that makes me sick!!!

        September 29, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • In my own words

        Thank you.

        October 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankly Speaking..

      you would be bringing war closer to your doorstep by doing that..

      September 28, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |