Taliban "should be given a second chance": Indian Foreign Minister
(AFP) – January 30, 2010
NEW DELHI — India may join world powers in engaging with moderate Taliban in Afghanistan, despite worries about repercussions for its own security, reports said Saturday.
India still considers the Taliban to be a terrorist group with close links to Al-Qaeda and other outfits.
But New Delhi would back proposals to reach out to them conditionally, Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna told the Times of India newspaper in an interview published Saturday.
"The international community has come out with a proposition to bring into the political mainstream those willing to function within the Afghan system," he said.
"If the Taliban meet the three conditions put forward -- acceptance of the Afghan constitution, severing connections with Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups, and renunciation of violence -- and they are accepted in the mainstream of Afghan politics and society, we could do business," added Krishna.
The Economic Times quoted Krishna as saying the Taliban "should be given a second chance" and that military action was not the only way to counter their activity.
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