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Afghan President Hamid Karzai plans to ask the United Nations to remove as many as 50 former Taliban members from a U.N. blacklist. A senior Afghan official said the request to remove 30 to 50 names is aimed at advancing reconciliation talks with insurgents.
At least five of those named on the sanction list are former Taliban officials who now serve in parliament or privately mediate between the Afghan government and the insurgents. U.S. President Barack Obama's special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan met with U.N. officials to press them to move forward on the delisting process.
U.N. Security Council Resolution 1267 freezes assets and limits travel of senior figures linked to the Taliban, as well as al Qaeda, but recent Afghan efforts to engage some insurgents in diplomacy have raised doubts about who should be on the list.