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Alliance president: Non-Afghan Taliban should be handed over to U.N.

By Ben Wedeman
CNN

KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Northern Alliance President Burhanuddin Rabbani said Sunday he is looking to the United Nations to address the issue of non-Afghan Taliban soldiers captured in fighting with opposition forces.

Those "foreign fighters" will be guaranteed safety and turned over to the international body, Rabbani said.

"As for Arab, Pakistani and other fighters," Rabbani told reporters, "we would like to find a solution despite the fact that they were fighting against us. We have nothing to do with them. We forgive them. We would like to hand them over to the United Nations and it will be up to the United Nations whether to return them to their countries or do whatever they want to do with them."

The Northern Alliance had previously said the non-Afghan fighters would be arrested and tried as war criminals.

Rabbani also detailed the representation for Tuesday's summit in Bonn, Germany, on the political future of Afghanistan.

Delegations will represent the Northern Alliance; the "Rome Group," which represents former Afghan King Mohammad Zahir Shah; the "Peshawar Group," for the millions of Afghan refugees in Pakistan; and the "Cyprus Group," for the large Afghan diaspora.

Rabbani said he hopes to secure the formation of a 12-member executive council which will return to Afghanistan for approval by a loya jirga, a traditional grand meeting of Afghan elders. They would approve the formation of the eventual transitional government for the country.



 
 
 
 



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