Afghanistan's Taliban has once again rejected President Hamid Karzai's call for peace talks.
Taliban spokesman Qari Mohammad Yousuf accused Karzai of being a "puppet," adding that he could not represent a nation or government.
On February 20, President Karzai renewed his appeal in parliament for the Taliban to accept his peace proposal.
At a conference in London in January, donor nations backed Karzai's plans for peace negotiations with those militants who renounce violence.
So far, those calls have not been taken up despite a continuing NATO offensive and the recent capture of the Taliban's number two figure.
compiled from agency reports