Karzai says Afghan elec­tion threat­ens peace

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD -

KABUL, Afghanista­n — A pres­i­den­tial elec­tion that is days away in Afghanista­n threat­ens the best chance of mak­ing peace with the Tal­iban and end­ing 18 years of war, for­mer Pres­i­dent Hamid Karzai said Tues­day.

The Tal­iban, with whom the U.S. abruptly ended peace talks this month, have threat­ened Afghans who go to the polls Satur­day.

He called for an im­me­di­ate re­sump­tion of peace talks not only be­tween the United States and the Tal­iban, but also be­tween the in­sur­gent group and Afghan lead­ers.

With 18 can­di­dates for pres­i­dent on the bal­lot, the ma­jor­ity are not cam­paign­ing, and some have thrown their sup­port be­hind oth­ers.

Many sup­port­ers are also heav­ily armed, adding to fears that a con­tested elec­tion could re­sult in vi­o­lence.

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