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UK special envoy to Afghanistan who called for talks with Taliban quits

UK special envoy to Afghanistan who called for talks with Taliban quits --Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles on 'extended leave' after rocky relationship with Nato and US over tactics in conflict 21 Jun 2010 Britain's special envoy to Afghanistan, known for his scepticism about the western war effort and his support for peace talks with the Taliban, has stepped down just a month before a critical international conference in Kabul. Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles has taken "extended leave", a spokesman for the British high commission in Islamabad said today.