KABUL, Afghanistan 

The invigorated yet delicate peace talks in Afghanistan face a gridlock as the warring parties fail to pick between cease-fire and a reduction in violence as the way forward.

Sources privy to the developments told Anadolu Agency the Taliban are only inclined toward “reduction in violence” with little or no explanation of what would this amount to.

The Afghan government, however, stands firm on the demand for an all-out ceasefire ahead of the resumption of a formal peace parley.

 Moving from formal parleys to private dialogue 

Washington’s top man for these talks, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. special representative

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