A previous Afghan president who heads a new calm council said Thursday that he's persuaded the Taliban are prepared to negotiate peace.
Burhanuddin Rabbani told reporters in Kabul the Taliban have not totally discarded the idea of negotiating a nonmilitary resolution of the war.
"They have some circumstances to start the negotiations process. It gives us hope that they want to talk and discuss," Rabbani said.
"We are taking our first steps," he said. "I consider there are people among the Taliban that have a message that they want to talk. They are prepared.".