June 28, 2010
General Sir David Richards said he believed the time had come for negotiations with Nato’s enemies to pave the way for the eventual withdrawal of troops.
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The Chief of the General Staff said that while British forces would continue to “punish” the Taliban battle by battle, he was “less certain” that an overall victory could now be secured.
“There’s always been a point at which you start to negotiate with each other,” Gen Sir David said. In his “private view” there was “no reason why we shouldn’t be looking at that sort of thing pretty soon,” he said.
His comments came soon after the death of another British serviceman in the conflict. The soldier, from 4th Regiment Royal Artillery, had been injured in an explosion in Helmand Province on June 10.