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Karzai sets terms for strategic ties with US

Karzai sets terms for strategic ties with US

Mar 08, 2011 - 20:37

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Afghan President Hamid Karzai, stressing the need for national unity, warned on Tuesday that the new (solar) year would be "difficult and challenging for Afghanistaninfo-icon".

Addressing a function that marked International Womeninfo-icon's Day in Kabul, Karzai said: "Due to some changes, the next year Afghanistan will be facing problems and because of regional and international rivalries."

He urged Afghans to stand united on all issues, including the peace process, Afghanistan's strategic partnership with the US and the proposed handover of security to Afghan forces by 2014.

The international community should not exploit the disunity among Afghans, the president said, adding: "Our success critically depends on national."

Efforts by the 70-member High Peace Councilinfo-icon, which was established in October 2010 for negotiation with militants, would come to fruition next year, he hoped.

A Loya Jirgainfo-icon (traditional grand tribal assembly) will be called to decide on the Afghan-US strategic partnership, he said, explaining the government had no authority to take such a decision. However, he did not give a date for the jirgainfo-icon.

Karzai assured neighbouring countries that Afghanistan's relations with the US would not hurt their interests.

“We cannot prevent US in Afghanistan, neither it is an advantage for us, we want a balanced situation for the development of Afghanistan, betterment of its administration and reinforcement of its security forces,” Karzai said, adding, the international community has donated Afghanistan but they failed to bring security.

Afghan forces would assume responsibility for the security of six areas during the next solar yearinfo-icon, staring on March 21, Karzai said, adding the process would be completed by the end of 2014.

He identified private security companies, Provincial Reconstructioninfo-icon Teams and tribal militias as roadblocks to Afghanistan's development.

On August 2010 Karzai issued a decree to dissolve all private security firms and according to information by interior ministry 57 illegal security companies have been dissolved so far.



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