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U-N Afghan Envoy Refuses Meeting with Taleban Ambassador - 2001-10-31


The United Nations special envoy for Afghanistan - Lakhdar Brahimi - has turn down a request from the Taleban ambassador in Pakistan for a meeting.

A U-N spokesman (Eric Falt) said the U-N envoy will not have time during his current visit to Pakistan to meet with Taleban ambassador Abdul Salam Zaeef.

The Taleban had previously refused to deal with the United Nations since the U-N Security Council imposed sanctions on Afghanistan's ruling group for refusing to hand over alleged terrorist Osama bin Laden.

Mr. Brahimi is visiting Pakistan for talks on ways to form a broad-based Afghan government to replace the Taleban regime. Tuesday, Mr. Brahimi met with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and several exiled Afghan leaders.

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