Taliban dismiss London peace talks
07 February, 2013
KABUL: A Taliban spokesman on Wednesday dismissed the outcome of a conference in London between the leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Britain which aimed to work towards a peace deal within six months.
But Zabihullah Mujahid, writing on the militia's website, did not appear to reject the possibility of progress in other peace talks.
The Taliban have demanded that any negotiations should be between themselves and the United States.
The conference and other "horse trading" were "the real obstacles of effective and fruitful negotiations between the factual sides", wrote Mujahid in English in an apparent reference to that longstanding demand.
The Islamist militants broke off tentative contacts with the US in Qatar in March last year after the failure of attempts to negotiate a prisoner exchange as a confidence-building measure.