U.N. Dispatch: Did U.N. Envoy Actually Meet With the Taliban?

04.02.10

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Kai Eide. Guardian photo.

by UNA MOORE

According to The Washington Post, the Taliban leadership council in Quetta is denying that United Nations’ special representative Kai Eide met with any of its members in Dubai last month.

The denial came in response to news reports that Kai Eide, the outgoing U.N. envoy, held a meeting in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, earlier this month with members of the Taliban leadership. …

Read the rest at U.N. Dispatch.

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2 Responses to “U.N. Dispatch: Did U.N. Envoy Actually Meet With the Taliban?”

  1. 1110 says:

    It probably didn’t happen. The news of the secret Dubai meeting came after Ban Ki-moon named Staffan di Mistura as Kai Eide’s replacement. Media suggested that it his appointment indicated that the UN would continue to play a limited role in Afghanistan, particularly with regard to reintegration and reconciliation. Perhaps the UN source in London wanted to push back against the notion that the UN is a bit-player, and given that ‘talks with the Taliban’ was the media’s mantra going into London it makes sense to suggest that the UN was ahead of the curve.

    And it was Reuters that broke the story, not the Guardian.

    (comment posted here because the CAPTCHA comment blocker on UNDISPATCH is horrible)

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