Afghanistan Rebuff from the Rebels

A mujahedin leader casts doubt on a compromise deal

Increasingly, the signs seemed to point to a Soviet exit from Afghanistan before the end of 1988. Kremlin officials made no secret of their desire to bring home their 115,000 troops. Both the Soviet-backed regime of Afghan Leader Najibullah and the government of Pakistan, which supports the mujahedin rebels, predicted that the Geneva negotiations expected to resume in March under United Nations auspices would be the "last round" leading to a final agreement. But a sharply worded declaration from the guerrillas, blasting the Geneva talks and casting serious doubt on their willingness to accept a compromise settlement, dimmed hopes last week...

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