Bonn: Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused
Pakistan, which is boycotting an international conference on
Afghanistan starting Monday in Bonn, of sabotaging all
negotiations with the Taliban.
"Up until now, they have sadly refused to back efforts
for negotiations with the Taliban," Karzai told Der Spiegel
weekly in comments reported in German and due to be published
The Bonn meeting will seek to chart a course for
Afghanistan after the NATO withdrawal, but a boycott by
Pakistan has dealt a stinging blow to hopes for a roadmap.
Pakistan is seen as vital to any prospect of stability in
the war-ravaged country a decade after US-led forces ousted
the Taliban, which had offered safe harbour to al Qaeda leader
Osama bin Laden.
But Islamabad pulled out after the killing of 24 soldiers
in NATO air strikes on two Pakistani posts a week ago,
although sources close to the German foreign ministry said it
would be kept informed of progress at the conference.
Karzai also appealed for continued aid to his war-ravaged
nation after 2014 -- when NATO troops are due to pull out.
Stressing that Afghanistan will be "more than ever on the
frontline," he said: "If we fail in this war, which threatens
all of us, it will mean a return to the situation before
The Afghan leader conceded that "sadly we have not been
able to provide security and stability to all Afghans, this
is our greatest failure."