Afghans do not see return of Taliban: Hillary Clinton
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 07, 2010, 11:40
Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday said that majority of the people in Afghanistan do not see return of the Taliban, and expressed her full faith in General David Petraeus, the new commander of US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan.

"In every survey that's been done, the people of Afghanistan do not want to see the return of the Taliban. Yet, at the same time, they are constantly under attack by a relatively small, but nevertheless lethal suicidal band of extremists," Clinton told TVP's Tomasz Lis in an interview.

"The trick is to create the conditions where the people will feel secure enough to stand up to the Taliban. And in much of the country that exists, but in many key areas -- particularly in the south -- it is still a very difficult fight," she said.

When asked about Gen David Petraeus, who has just taken over command in Afghanistan, Clinton said the General was very successful in Iraq, and she believes that he would be successful in Afhanostan also.

"The (US) President (Barack Obama) and I, we certainly have a lot of confidence in him," Clinton said.

"Now, no one is understating the difficulty. But the reason why we're there is because we recognise the threat that an ungoverned, failed state that provides safe haven to terrorists presents to all of us. And, despite how difficult the conflict has been, you can point to slow but steady progress. And part of our challenge is to accelerate that progress, and to institutionalise it," she said.


First Published: Wednesday, July 07, 2010, 11:40

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