Clinton Backs $500M Plan to Cut Deals With Afghan Taliban

January 29, 2010

(ChattahBox)—-While attending a conference in London this week, to deal with the long-term political situation in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came out in favor of a proposed $500 million initiative to negotiate with Taliban insurgents. The five-year plan would convince Taliban foot soldiers to leave the fight and join the new Afghan government, as part of the goal of reconciliation and self-sufficiency for Afghanistan.

The London conference was host to the coalition partners in the war in Afghanistan, as well as Nato and UN officials. British Foreign Secretary David Miliband spearheaded the new initiative to bring the Taliban into the rebuilding process, in advance of the U.S. and coalition forces withdrawing from the region.

And Clinton supported the reconciliation effort, saying that it was time to change tactics in the ongoing and increasingly bloody conflict in Afghanistan. “As important as our military mission is, we know that force alone cannot achieve our goals,” she said.

The program would be funded by a “Peace and Reintegration Trust Fund,” which is projected to cost $500 million over five-years.

See ABC News for more.


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