They claimed both attacks.The militants only mentioned the Afghan government to deride it on various grounds.
A government spokesman declined to comment on the statement.
‘Louder than words’
A spokesman for Afghanistan’s NATO-led military mission said the recent Taliban attacks on civilians demonstrated they were not ready to enter “good-faith peace negotiations” while the government had on numerous occasions made clear it was willing to begin a peace process.“The Taliban statement alone does not show willingness to engage in peace talks.
The recent attacks speak louder than these words,” said the spokesman, Captain Tom Gresback.The Taliban said it was not too late for the American people to realize the Taliban can solve problems with every side “through healthy politics and dialogue”, adding the chances for dialogue were “not exhausted”.Preliminary talks on ending the war that kills thousands of people each year have stalled.But low-level contacts between the government, international groups including the United Nations and groups close to the Taliban have continued even as the insurgency has escalated.Progress has been blocked by the deep mistrust between the government and the Taliban, as well as uncertainty about the role of neighbors including Pakistan, which Afghanistan has long accused of aiding the insurgents.Pakistan rejects accusations that it sponsors the Taliban.The Taliban said their willingness to play a “constructive role in finding a peaceful solution” should not be taken as a sign of weakness.
“This can never mean that we are exhausted or our will has been sapped,” they said.
They said they had no intention to damage any other country or let anyone use Afghan territory against anyone else.
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