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AFGHAN PRESIDENT WANTS SAY IN U.S.-PAKISTAN TALKS

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President Najib says his communist government must be included in any talks to end the decadelong war with American-backed Moslem fundamentalists.

Najib also said the apparent change of policy by the United States and Pakistan toward a political rather than military solution could hasten an end to Afghanistan's conflict.In Washington this week, President Bush and Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan agreed to press for a political solution on Afghanistan. But they also said they will continue to arm the guerrillas and seek Najib's fall.

"How can a political solution be achieved without the lawful government of Afghanistan?" the nation's official Bakhtar news agency quoted Najib as saying in an interview Thursday night.

"We believe it is not appropriate for the United States and Pakistan to dictate the acceptable models and prescriptions for a political solution to the people of Afghanistan."

Pakistan shares a border with Afghanistan and is the main conduit of arms for the guerrillas.

The insurgents refuse to negotiate with Najib, the former chief of the Afghan secret police who seized power in a Soviet-backed coup 10 years ago.