Is it Possible to Negotiate with the Taliban?

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27 August is a tragic day for Afghanistan and a more open society as UN News media reported the brutal slaying of 17 Afghan civilians, reportedly by the Taliban. The murders included two women and fifteen men who were either beheaded, had their throats slit, beaten, or suffered gunshot wounds. The victims were discovered roadside in the southern province of Helmand. Their offense -- attending a party.

The special representative of the UN Secretary General & Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Jan Kubis, issued an urgent call for greater protection for civilians. In a statement from Kabul, the capital:  “This criminal act is unjustifiable and totally disregards the sanctity of human life,” added the Mission, which has repeatedly stated that the killing of civilians is a clear violation of international humanitarian and human rights laws and has called for perpetrators of such crimes to be brought to justice. “The United Nations family in Afghanistan expresses deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims,” UNAMA added.

The focus of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan is Development and Rule of Law. ( See:  “Afghanistan UN Mandate Focus on Development” )

A question for Diplomatically Incorrect’s followers: “Should ‘Rule of Law’ negate negotiating with the Taliban and other terrorists?”

PHOTO CREDIT: UMAMA “Report on Civilians in Armed Conflict”  

By, Susan Sacirbey

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"Voice of the Global Citizen"- Diplomatically Incorrect ( provide film and written reports on issues reflecting diplomatic discourse and the global citizen. Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey (@MuhamedSacirbey) is former Foreign Minister Ambassador of Bosnia & Herzegovina at the United Nations. "Mo" is also signatory of the Rome Conference/Treaty establishing the International…

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