National reconciliation policy in Afghanistan falls short

Moscow: The national reconciliation policy of Afghan authorities and attempts to re-integrate Taliban members in the society have failed to bring expected results, members of a working group at the Collective Security Treaty Organisation have said.

"The national reconciliation policy of Afghan authorities and Taliban re-integration attempts taken against the backdrop of gradual transfer of security functions to Afghan law enforcers and foreign troops' pullout have not reached desired results," they said yesterday.

The working group members noted the complex situation and mounting instability in Afghanistan. "An enlargement of the foreign military force in Afghanistan and joint operations with Afghan policemen have not reduced the amount of drug trafficking or the threat of terrorism and extremism," CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha said.

"The ongoing production and trafficking of narcotic drugs in Afghanistan have a negative effect on the entire Central Asia and far beyond that region. In fact, they endanger international peace and security," he said.

The working group stressed the importance of CSTO efforts on the Afghan track and in the suppression of security threats coming from Afghanistan. The group also accentuated the need for interaction with other international organisations providing international and regional security.

The CSTO position in the assistance to stabilisation in Afghanistan will be discussed at an international conference in Kabul on July 20, 2010.

The CSTO unites Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.