UTRECHT – Jan Pronk, candidate for chairmanship of the Labour PvdA, has urged for negotiation with the Afghan Taliban insurgents. Only in this way can the Dutch mission in the province of Uruzgan be successful, Pronk said at the opening of the 41st Peace Week in Utrecht on Saturday. Pronk said that the West must sometimes negotiate with parties that have acted atrociously because otherwise there is no prospect of a lasting solution to a situation of repression and violence. He has experience with war situations. Last year the former minister for Development cooperation was forced to leave his post as UN special envoy in Sudan because he had voiced harsh criticism of the country’s government and military.

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