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US envoy says Taliban talks stuck

KABUL — The United States wants serious peace negotiations with the Taliban to begin, but it has not been possible to get the process underway, the American ambassador to Afghanistan said.

James Cunningham said it was important for the Afghan government to get the talks started, yet he acknowledged that the peace process has not ‘‘even really begun.’’

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The Afghan peace process has made little headway since it began several years ago. There are signs of increasing efforts to get talks back on track. US-backed talks broke down last March .

‘‘Our goal, or rather what we would like to see and I think the Afghans would like to see, is the beginning if not conclusion of a negotiation — at least the beginning of a serious process on peace and reconciliation — as soon as possible,’’ Cunningham said.

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