Peace can not be achieved in Afghanistan by military way, Uzbek president says
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Sept. 14
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
It is impossible to achieve peace in Afghanistan by a military way, Uzbek President Islam Karimov said at a meeting of the Council of Heads of SCO member-states in Dushanbe, the Uzbek National News Agency (UzA) reported September 13.
"All sides interested in resolving the Afghan problem say that it is impossible to achieve peace in Afghanistan by a military way," President Karimov said.
The president stressed that the current situation in Afghanistan is characterized by permanent instability and it tends to further aggravation.
Electing the Afghan president in June 2014 showed that the Afghan people are tired of the endless bloodshed and violence, long-term poverty and devastation. Today they want peace and stability.
"At the same time, the delay in the vote counting process, announcement of the presidential election results in Afghanistan and the inauguration of a new president jeopardize stable future of Afghanistan," President Karimov added.
"This situation can completely undermine the political situation in the country, create a real threat to the prospects of peaceful settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan, prevent the achievement of a consensus in the negotiation processes and the formation of a coalition government," President Karimov added.
"We are aware that the withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Forces from Afghanistan can increase the number of threats, expand the terrorist and extremist activity and increase drug trafficking not only in the vast region of Central Asia, but far beyond its borders," the president said.
President Karimov expressed concern that any vacuum in Afghanistan can be rapidly filled with various destructive and terrorist groups. We can not exclude the attempts of certain political forces and the countries supporting them to sow chaos and more exacerbate the situation in Afghanistan.
Speaking of the Uzbek-Afghan bilateral relations, the Uzbek president stressed that Uzbekistan is establishing and will establish stable and friendly relations with Afghanistan, proceeding from the national interests of both countries and only on a bilateral basis, supporting the government, to be elected by the Afghans themselves."
Beginning from the first years of the country's independence, the Uzbek president calls on the international community to mobilize efforts to establish peace and stability and to resolve urgent social and economic problems in this country. Afghanistan's problem has become a key theme in the Uzbek president's speech at all UN and NATO summits in Prague in 2002 and in Bucharest in 2008.
Uzbekistan is sure that the achievement of peace and stability in Afghanistan is a significant factor in the regional and global security. It opens up great opportunities to resolve vital problems of sustainable socio-economic development of all countries and peoples in Central Asia.