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Romanian president: NATO military intervention in Afghanistan not enough
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09:19, April 03, 2008

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The military intervention in Afghanistan is not enough and will not lead to the result expected by NATO states, Romanian President Traian Basescu said on Wednesday at the end of the meeting with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai.

Basescu said that he has drawn the conclusion from the talks with his Afghan counterpart.

The president said NATO members, other international institutions like the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the European Union and other international donors should get involved in Afghanistan, so that a plan for the country's economic and institutional development be conceived, in parallel with anti-Taliban missions and the fight of terrorists.

Basescu voiced hopes that the NATO Summit in Bucharest is capable to shape a firm vision on Afghanistan, encompassing the military, social and institutional dimension, because otherwise NATO's success in this country would be uncertain.

Karzai said in his turn that Afghanistan is grateful for the support offered by Romanian troops in a difficult area and for its help in the combat of terrorism and the country's reconstruction.

The Afghan president offered condolences for the casualties suffered by Romanian forces in his country and asked Basescu to convey these thoughts of compassion to the families of the Romanian troops killed in Afghanistan.

"Afghanistan is thankful and will keep you in memory," said Karzai, who once again thanked for the support in military equipment -- tanks -- and training of Afghan forces.

Karzai voiced hopes that bilateral relations expand "in a future that is prosperous for both countries."

Afghan President Karzai came to Romania to attend a high-level expanded meeting on Afghanistan during the NATO Summit. The situation in Afghanistan is one of the hot issues that require quick and adequate clarifications.


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