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Aldo Matteucci July 13, 2012

I would not be overly pessimistic about the chances of "secret" contacts succeeeding. I just learned (Rashid - Pakistan on the brink) that in late November 2010 US representatives and one of the emissaries of the Taliban met in Germany, under the auspices of Amb. Steiner, the German Special Rep for Afghanistan. The meeting did not leak to the press. One core issue then was the "legitimacy" of the Taliban emissary: when the "other side" has no definite political structure, self-appointed emissaries emerge like mushrooms after the rain. Verification of his authenticity was one of the major issues.

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