Pakistan peace talks stalled by soldier deaths

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Associated Press

Posted on February 17, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 17 at 7:04 AM

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A member of the Pakistani government committee tasked with negotiating with the Taliban says they have cancelled a scheduled round of talks after claims by militants that they killed 23 soldiers in their captivity.

Irfan Sadiqui said in a statement Monday that there is no point meeting the Taliban's representatives after the killings.

A faction of the Pakistani Taliban announced late Sunday that they had killed the soldiers, who they said had been kidnapped in 2010.

The militants have said they will release a video.

The Pakistani government is trying to negotiate an end to the years of fighting in the country's northwest.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the killings and said they would have a negative effect on the negotiations.

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