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Ex-intelligence chief says he opposes Karzai's peace plan

06-08-2010 18:23 BJT

Former Afghan intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh says he quit after seeing himself as an obstacle to President Hamid Karzai's plan to reach out to insurgents for talks.

Saleh said Karzai had already lost faith in his security forces before an attack last week on a national conference held to discuss peace with the Taliban. In an interview at his home in the Afghan capital, Saleh described plans to negotiate with insurgents as a "disgrace", and said one of the main reasons he quit was because Karzai ordered a review of Taliban prisoners in detention. He denied being forced out, saying he contemplated quitting for a "very long time".

Last week's attack on the peace conference was the last straw. Meanwhile, the Afghan government on Monday defended its decision to remove Saleh and Interior Minister Hanif Atmar.

Waheed Omer, Spokesman for Afghan President, said, "This could have been a national chaos, a national crisis. Someone had to take responsibility for this. While we understand that this was a loss for the government, losing two important people, in the meantime it is a gain for the people of Afghanistan that their government is taking responsibility."

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CCTV.com

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