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EU says has backing for Afghan peace plan

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>> It's not only about the money. The European Union winning support to re-launch Afghan peace talks at a Brussels conference on Wednesday. Foreign Policy Chief, Federica Mogherini, saying regional powers have agreed to back the initiative, which would be the first attempt since 2013. More than 70 governments pledged aid to Afghanistan at the talks, but Reuters' Robin Emmott says there's a sense pockets can't be this deep forever.
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>> There's an understanding in the west that so much money's been spent in Afghanistan and it can't go on indefinitely. There needs to be some kind of stability in the country for the Afghan economy to grow and be less reliant on international aid. And that's only gonna happen if there's security in the country, and there can only be security if there's a peace deal involving the Taliban.
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> But that's easier said than done. Some 15 years after US forces helped drive the Taliban from Kabul, they're resurgent, and still seeking to reimpose strict Islamic law.>> To the Taliban,>> US Secretary of State John Kerry calling on the Taliban to choose the path of peace, but diplomats are divided on whether to invite them to the table.
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And in any case, the Taliban insists all foreign forces leave Afghanistan before talks can begin.>> Involving the Taliban is key to any peace deal, but it also looks to be very difficult. We've seen this week, renewed offensive by the Taliban in a northern City of Kunduz, also in the South in Helmand Province.
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And some of the regional powers, such as India, they've really asked the question, well what's changed since 2001? Are the Taliban really ready to make peace?>> But shepherding a peace that has eluded Afghanistan for 40 years will be no easy task.