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Scheffer: Afghanistan is key priority of NATO missions
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09:18, April 03, 2008

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The mission in Afghanistan represents a key priority of the NATO missions, the alliance's Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said in an address to the Transatlantic Forum hosted by the Romanian Army Club on Wednesday.

"We must not only reaffirm, in Bucharest, our support to the ISAF mission, but also analyze the results of the efforts we've done so far. We need to show, with our objective being the fight against terrorism, such efforts were not only to the benefit of the security of Afghanistan, but also to the security of the citizens of the alliance member states," the NATO secretary general said.

He stressed the success in Afghanistan depends on the contribution of the Alliance member states.

"We'll have at the summit a comprehensive approach to the mission in Afghanistan, but we also need to cooperate on a new commitment in this country, not to be only a military commitment, but one to enjoy also a greater involvement of the international civil community and also with a greater capacity in managing the problems by the Afghan side," Scheffer said.

Moreover, Scheffer added that, after the NATO summit's working session on Thursday devoted to Afghanistan, NATO has to come with a clear political-military plan for the next years, to be accepted by the other international players participating in the ISAF mission and by the Afghan authorities too.


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