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Afghans still feel personally insecure: Karzai

Afghans still feel personally insecure: Karzai

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Dec 18, 2011 - 14:04

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): President Hamid Karzai has said Afghanistaninfo-icon has achieved political stability, but still Afghans felt personally insecure in their daily lives.

An interview to the CNN aired on Sunday, Karzai said the international coalition and the Afghan government had been able to provide, in the past 10 years, political stability to Afghanistan.

"But we have not been able — the United States, NATOinfo-icon and Afghan government together — to provide the Afghan people with their individual personal security. That is yet to come, "Karzai said on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS."

The President said the troops have slowed the mobility and activity of the Talibaninfo-icon and other militant groups, but he stopped short of saying the war has been won.

"I'll have to wait a bit longer to confirm that we have reversed the trend and that the Afghan people will see the fruits of our efforts and see peace and further security," he said, according to a transcript of the interview CNN released on Saturday.

Karzai also said his government would welcome the creation of a Taliban political office where Afghan and other officials could hold meaningful discussions about a possible political resolution to the war. If the Taliban decided to open an office, it would signal their willingness to talk peace, briefly stalled by the assissnation of Burhanuddin, Karzai believed.

After Rabbani's death, Karzai said informal peace efforts would not resume. Instead, he said, the Taliban had to stop fighting and establish an official address.

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