Kabul: India on Tuesday expressed full support to the Afghan integration plan aimed at ushering peace into the war-ravaged country, while cautioning against “compartmentalisation” in dealing with terrorism.
External Affairs Minister SM Krishna, while addressing an international conference on Afghanistan’s future, said, ‘We reiterate our commitment to peace and stability in Afghanistan. India backs the Afghan integration plan meant for the all-round development of this nation.”
He stressed on the need for non-selectivity while dealing with terrorism, opining that it is a common concern to both India and Afghanistan.
“Terrorism cannot be compartmentalised. Terrorism is a common enemy to both India and Afghanistan, so we call for a combined effort to tackle this problem. Peace and stability can come in Afghanistan only if there is stability in its neighbourhood,” he said.
Talking tough, he further stated, “It is essential to ensure that support, sustenance and sanctuaries for terrorist organisations from outside Afghanistan are ended forthwith."
While praising the peace initiatives taken by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Krishna said, “Efforts for peace must be led and owned by the Afghan leadership. There should be transparency in any initiative taken by the Afghan government for reconciliation with the Taliban militia.”
In view of an upsurge in terrorist attacks by the Taliban, Krishna stressed that regional stability was imperative for fostering peace and development in the war-torn state as we see Afghanistan’s huge potential in trade, energy and transport sectors.”
Krishna made these remarks shortly after meeting his US counterpart Hillary Clinton, with whom he discussed issues like the situation in Afghanistan and regional security, besides others.
The biggest ever conference on Afghanistan has brought together delegates from 70 nations to chalk out the future of the war-torn country, amidst a total lock-down of the
The conference has been called to consider a plan to hand over security in the country`s 34 provinces to the Afghan government by 2014.
The conference is taking place amid a spurt in suicide bombings and attacks by Taliban on US-led NATO forces, which has suffered the deadliest single month in June when its 79 soldiers died.
The conference is a follow-up to a London summit in January, when donors pledged some USD 160 million for Afghanistan`s plans to reintegrate and create jobs for Taliban fighters who renounce violence.