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Taliban Lobbies for Recognition

Using military gains as leverage, the Taliban militia has met with high-level officials in France, the US and other countries to press for recognition as Afghanistans ruling government. The US has continued to withhold recognition because of the Talibans support of bin Laden, the regimes rampant terrorism throughout Afghanistan, and the Talibans horrific violations of human rights. In last weeks meeting between US State Department officials and representatives from the Taliban, talks included pressure from the US regarding the Talibans treatment of women and girls in Afghanistan, specifically the ban on women and girls employment and education.

The Talibans gains of territory in Afghanistan are a result of additional support from Pakistan. A joint venture between the Taliban and Pakistans government has put leaders of neighboring countries, including India and Russia, on guard, fearing the partnership could reshape the politics of Central Asia.

Media Resources: Los Angeles Times October 2, 2000; New York Times October 1, 2000