Oruzgan of Afghanistan not among early handbacks: Australian PM

17:07, November 22, 2010      

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Security responsibility for some Afghanistan districts and provinces will be handed back to local security forces from 2011, but Oruzgan province will not be among them, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard told Parliament on Monday.

Gillard and Defense Minister Stephen Smith attended the key North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) summit in Lisbon of Portugal on the weekend to determine the future strategy in Afghanistan.

The Lisbon meeting decided the security transition should start in 2011 with a target completion date of 2014.

Oruzgan is regarded as Taliban heartland, and Gillard said no transition date had yet been set for Oruzgan, where most of Australia's 1550 troops are now located.

"The best advice to us remains that we will be engaged in training there for two to four years to train the Afghan National Army," she told Parliament in Canberra on Monday.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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