President of the Islamic State of Afghanistan Burhanuddin Rabbani has announced that the Afghan people would not accept a government formed with the participation of foreign states. In an interview with the Qatar-based television station al-Jazeera, Rabbani also ruled out the possibility that Taliban representatives might serve in the country's leadership in the future. According to him, Afghans themselves, both those inside the country and abroad, should decide the future of the country with the assistance of a council featuring different ethnic groups, parties and forces. He also held some Islamic countries and organisations responsible for the tragedy now occurring in the country, as they had aided the Taliban in the past. The president said that a division of the country into the "north" and "south" or the creation of enclaves would pose a huge threat to neighbouring states, which should be interested in supporting peace and stability in the country which would allow the revival of Afghanistan.
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