Afghan says international promises on terrorism not kept

Afghanistan`s foreign minister has warned the United Nations that it will have to smash militant networks across continents to hope to win the global war on terrorism.

Last Updated: Sep 28, 2010, 15:24 PM IST

United Nations: Afghanistan`s foreign
minister has warned the United Nations that it will have to
smash militant networks across continents to hope to win the
global war on terrorism.

Zalmai Rassoul told the UN General Assembly yesterday
that nine years after the launch of the invasion of
Afghanistan "the international community`s promise to the
people of Afghanistan of a life free from the fear of the
threat and exploitation of international terrorism remains
unfulfilled."
Highlighting the daily "horrific acts" carried out in
Afghanistan, the minister said that "terrorism in our region
is a growing threat to world peace and security."

"The audacity and geographic scope of terrorist groups
harboured in our region continues to grow," he declared.

"As long as certain state and non-state actors provide
Al-Qaeda and its affiliated individuals and entities with
sanctuary, arms and financing, they will remain formidable and
murderous adversaries."

Rassoul said the war against extremism must become
truly international.

"If our international partners and allies wish to win
the global war on terrorism, they must look beyond the
villages in Afghanistan, and engage in a strategy that will
effectively and decisively dismantle organisations and
networks that continue -- with immunity -- to support
terrorist and radical militants."

The minister said that Afghanistan was "committed" to
expanding counter-terrorism cooperation with neighbouring
Pakistan and other countries.
Rassoul spoke shortly after US Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton told a separate meeting at UN headquarters
that "countering terrorism is not a task that any country
achieves on its own."

She said nations needed a new creativity and vigilance
and to "set aside failed strategies."

Clinton said networks like Al-Qaeda, which carried out
the September 11, 2001 attacks which led to the Afghanistan
war, "have a global view and we must have one too that begins
with a shared understanding of the big picture."

The 15 UN Security Council members issued an appeal at
the meeting for greater international cooperation, including
more information sharing.

PTI