NATO, ISAF should help Afghans to strengthen their role in self-gov't: NATO Secretary General
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 6 / Trend , T.Konyayeva/
NATO allies and the members of the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) should re-examine their resources to render different support to Afghans in strengthening of their role in self-government, says the official statement by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
"All nations should re-examine what further resources they could make available in terms of military, financial or civilian contributions to help the Afghans take an increasing lead in managing their own affairs," Rasmussen said at the meeting of the North Atlantic Council and ISAF members.
Rasmussen recognized the clear sense of ISAF countries' continued commitment to Afghanistan from the troop contributing.
The North Atlantic Council and troop contributing nations of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) met today with representatives of the United States Government to consult on the way ahead in Afghanistan.
The 43 nations exchanged views on priority issues following the conclusion of the Afghan electoral process and ahead of a final decision on the strategic approach and associated resource requirements.
Allies and non-NATO troop contributing nations welcomed the opportunity to exchange views on critical questions. These included: challenges such as proposals to enhance the training and development of the Afghan National Security Forces; the need for the appointment of an inclusive government in Kabul to give the international community a strong and reliable partner; and ways to enhance the civilian component of international community efforts in Afghanistan and improve its coordination.
The meeting also reinforced the importance of an effective regional approach, stressing the importance of improved cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan.