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Bush Rejects Taleban Conditions on bin Laden Hand-Over - 2001-10-14


President Bush has swiftly and forcefully rejected the latest Taleban conditions for handing over alleged terrorist Osama bin Laden.

Returning Sunday to the White House from the Camp David presidential retreat, President Bush stressed that when he says no negotiations, he means no negotiations.

President Bush says Taleban authorities must turn over Osama bin Laden and members of his al-Qaida network and destroy all terrorist camps. Mr. Bush added that the U-S bombing campaign is already doing a good job of destroying the camps.

Speaking earlier from the city of Jalalabad, Taleban Deputy Prime Minister Haji Abdul Kabir said that if the Taleban is given evidence that Osama bin Laden was behind the September 11th terrorist attacks -- and if the U-S bombing stops in Afghanistan -- it would be ready to hand him over to a third country. Mr. Kabir also said the Taleban would have to be assured that the third country is not under the influence of the United States.

U-S officials have identified Osama bin Laden as the main suspect behind last month's attacks in the United States.

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