UN: Afghan reconstruction will be "hard and difficult"
Rebuilding Afghanistan will be a "hard and difficult" road, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Sunday, pledging UN support ahead of an international conference on Afghanistan in the German city of Bonn, dpa reported.
"The United Nations in particular will be Afghanistan's partner now and for the future," Ban said. The country was at a turning point, he continued, adding that the focus must turn to non-military issues.
Ban said however that it would have been better if Pakistan had been present in Bonn, stating, "Political consolidation in Afghanistan can only succeed if it is supported by its neighbours."
"Pakistan is one of the key countries in the region which can help peace and security in Afghanistan," Ban added.