Afghan groups attending a conference on the future of their war-torn country are expected to face tough negotiations as they hold a second day of talks in Bonn, Germany.
Tuesday, all four Afghan political groups agreed to a U-N timetable for setting up a broad-based transitional government.
Negotiators said they plan to set up a short-term administration within weeks. It will then call a meeting of Afghan tribal chiefs (-- or Loya Jirga --) early next year.
The tribal chiefs are expected to appoint a two-year transitional government with exiled former King Mohammed Zahir Shah in a figurehead role. The chiefs are also expected to draft a constitution and call general elections.
However, observers say the Afghan delegates are likely to face hard bargaining at each step of the process. Issues to be negotiated include the distribution of ministries and the date and place for convening the tribal chiefs' conference.
Afghanistan's Northern Alliance, representatives of former King Zahir Shah, exiled Pashtun tribal chiefs and exiled Afghan intellectual groups are attending the U-N sponsored talks in Bonn. The Taleban militia was not invited.
The talks are expected to last several days.