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Afghan President seeks to stop NATO air strikes

06-01-2011 10:43 BJT

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Angered by civilian casualties, Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he will no longer allow air strikes against homes in his nation. A spokesman for NATO forces in Afghanistan counters that the alliance will review its procedures, but isn't saying if this might lead to immediate tactical changes.

Tuesday's words constitute Karzai's strongest statement yet, against NATO operations. The Afghan President's remarks follow a recent mission that mistakenly killed a group of women and children, in southern Helmand Province. He says it will be the last. NATO officials have apologized for the strike on two houses in Nawzad District, which killed 14 people, saying troops thought the target was only occupied by insurgents. Karzai adds that NATO risks being seen as an "occupying force," if the current approach continues.

He said, "The Afghan people can no longer tolerate these attacks on their homes. In that one day, the Afghan government will be forced, if you do not come to an understanding with us based on a negotiated solution to this -- that is the prevention of bombardment of Afghan homes -- that the Afghan government will be forced to take a unilateral action in this regard. They must treat Afghanistan as a sovereign nation. We must clearly demonstrate our understanding that Afghanistan is an ally, not an occupied country."

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a press conference at
the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday, May 31, 2011.

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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