TTP adds to preconditions for peace talks
03 October, 2013
MIRANSHAH: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Wednesday insisted US drone strikes in the country must stop before they will consider peace talks with the government.
Political parties last month backed a government proposal to seek negotiations with the militants.
The TTP responded with a list of preconditions, including a government ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops from the tribal areas.
TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told AFP any ceasefire must include an end to US drone attacks in the tribal areas.
"A ceasefire alone is not sufficient. The stoppage of drone strikes is essential, otherwise – if drones continue to strike – we will not accept the ceasefire," Shahid said.