The latest round of diplomatic talks on the Afghanistan war deadlocked Thursday, but U.N. mediator Diego Cordovez said both sides are considering his secret proposal to break the impasse.
Oddly, the foreign ministers of Afghanistan and Pakistan have not met each other since 1982, when Cordovez began mediating the first of the six rounds of talks. Instead, Cordovez meets privately with one delegation in one room and then confers with the second delegation in another room. The United Nations calls these negotiations "proximity talks."
Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammed Dost insisted, as before, on meeting face to face with Pakistani Foreign Minister Sahabzada Yaqub Khan to discuss the Soviet troop withdrawal. But Pakistan regards the Afghan government of Babrak Karmal as an illegitimate puppet regime of the Soviet Union, so Yaqub Khan refuses to meet with Dost.