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Transition to help strengthen peace efforts: Ludin

Transition to help strengthen peace efforts: Ludin

Mar 22, 2011 - 21:08

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): The handover of security control from NATOinfo-icon-led soldiers to Afghan forces would have a positive impact on the peace process, the High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC) said on Tuesday.

President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said the security transition would start in seven areas of the country, including the capital of southern Helmand province, in July.

"The people of Afghanistaninfo-icon don't want foreigners to be in charge of security anymore," Karzai said.

The HPC deputy head, Maulviinfo-icon Ataullah Ludin, said the withdrawal was one of the key demands of the anti-government elements. He said the security handover would pave the ground for a gradual pullout of foreigners.

"The council is trying to assure the anti-government militants that the security transition from NATO-led soldiers means they will not stay forever in Afghanistan," he said, hoping the insurgents would stop theirs attacks in areas where the transition will begin.

However, political analyst, Wahid Muzhda, said discussions over the proposed permanent US military bases in Afghanistan will keep the Talibaninfo-icon at bay from peace talks.

"In areas, where the security transition begins, there is not immediate hope for a change in security situation," he said.


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