February 18th, 2010
08:45 AM ET

U.N. envoy: Reconciliatory efforts needed

The Taliban should halt attacks on schools and clinics to demonstrate support for the reconciliation effort in Afghanistan, the United Nations' top envoy in Kabul said Wednesday.

"I believe that the reconciliation process, a peace process, is important, and there is a need to talk," Kai Eide, the U.N. special representative to Afghanistan, said. "The best way of doing it is, as we have seen in so many other conflicts, by starting step-by-step with some confidence-building measures."

Eide, who is about to retire as the U.N.'s envoy in Kabul after a two-year tenure, told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview to air Thursday that he does not believe the conflict will ultimately be solved by military means alone. "There has to be a political process," he said.

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  1. A. Smith, Oregon

    8 Years later, a high ranking UN envoy person feels impelled to state they must protect centers of education in Afghanistan? How can anyone make a more idiotic statement? Where do I sign up for an agency which appears to be even less intelligent than the CIA?

    For many YEARS, schools teaching girls and women in Afghanistan are literally like magnets for Taliban bombers and fighters. NOTHING lures the Taliban into attacking any target in Afghanistan more than a school teaching Muslim girls and Muslim women.

    8 Years later, some UN envoy wannabe makes a public statement that America should protect these institutions? Hundreds if not thousands of female instructors and their female Muslim students have already been murdered, blown-up, tortured and missing.

    Perhaps if America had from day one, protected female schools, encouraged Muslim girls and Muslim women to attend higher education and provided them with side-arms and military defense training, such concern would have been fruitful. At this late date, its merely words that have absolutely no meaning nor connection with reality on the ground in Afghanistan.

    For some UN envoy to tell the Taliban to stop murdering female teachers and Muslim girls seeking higher education shows a complete and utter inability to even comprehend why the Taliban carry out those high priority attacks at every opportunity.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. FormCritic

    Greaaaaat! Peace talks! Elected government!

    Gosh! Why didn't anyone think of this before?

    Oh...wait...the Taliban does not want peace! The Taliban does not want democracy and is not interested in winning an election!

    Before these people will agree to civil behavior they have to have some sort of motivation. The destruction of their refuges and the sure fact of their personal demise will serve as motivation.

    But, let's not pretend that talks and reconcilation will be useful when one side is not interested in talking and considers reconciliation to be impossible.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Devan Barrett

    How, might I ask will that be brought about? Talks "between all the concerned" would be difficult if not impossible. With the Taliban still holding sway over the tribal leaders, how do you think it would be possible for them to meet somewhere to talk with fear of them being attacked then or later on?

    February 18, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. George Chungath

    Start peace talks between all the concerned in Afghanistan,and at the earliest constitute a federal systems in Afghanistan.Let Afghanistan people to decide how to govern them by their own elected Government.Let NATO forces to vacate Afghanistan at the earliest.Why spoiling armed personal and tax payers money in Afghanistan with never ending hide and seek game playing in Afghanistan now. George Chungath. georgechungath@yahoo.com

    February 18, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |