BRUSSELS — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Afghanistan’s recent peace deal with a notorious warlord could be a model for reconciliation with the Taliban.
Kerry says last week’s agreement with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar (gool-boo-DEEN’ hek-mat-YAR’) requires his commanders to cease violence, cut ties with terrorist groups and accept the Afghan constitution’s rights for women and minorities. In return, he can rejoin Afghan society.
The Sept. 29 peace treaty was Afghanistan’s first since the Taliban’s overthrow in 2001.
Hekmatyar is believed to have killed thousands of Afghans. The U.S. declared him a “global terrorist” in 2003. The U.N. blacklisted him the same year. Both are considering lifting sanctions.
Kerry said at an Afghanistan conference the Taliban should take note. He said a political settlement is the honorable way to end the conflict.