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Report: Afghanistan To Offer Taliban Leaders Exile For Peace

Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Afghan President Hamid Karzai

A British newspaper says Afghanistan is proposing to offer top Taliban leaders exile if they agree to stop fighting against the government.

"The Guardian" says the proposal is part of a radical peace and reintegration program that President Hamid Karzai will discuss with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington next week before presenting it to tribal leaders at a peace conference, or "jirga," in Afghanistan later this month.

The document -- which "The Guardian" says it has seen -- offers insurgent leaders "potential exile in a third country."

It also calls for "deradicalization" classes to be set up for insurgents and thousands of new jobs to be created for militants who renounce violence.

It says former fighters who lay down their arms would be given amnesty for any crimes they may have committed, and offers vocational traning in such trades as carpet-weaving and tailoring.