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October 31, 1985

President Reagan's call for direct negotiations between the Soviet Union and Afghan guerrillas is a welcome change in U.S. policy, but Afghan resistance groups have little interest in participating, a representative of seven major guerrilla groups said. In an interview with the Washington Post in New York, Gulbudin Hekmatyar, the leader of Hezb-i-Islami, said: "There is nothing to be discussed. They have invaded our country. The only solution is for them to withdraw their troops."

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