NATO report sees slow progress in Afghanistan

08:52, May 30, 2011      

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A report presented in Golden Sands, Bulgaria on Sunday at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly spring session sees a slow improvement of the situation in Afghanistan.

In his Draft General Report, titled "Transition in Afghanistan: Assessing the Security Effort," the rapporteur, Sven Mikser, said that to date, overall progress in improving the wider security situation in Afghanistan has been slow.

According to Mikser, while there have been localized tactical successes in delivering security, as yet these have failed to deliver strategic results.

There remain significant and widespread challenges to both security and governance in many areas, Mikser added.

Overall, there has been limited progress with Counter-Narcotics efforts, the report said as well. While organizationally and structurally there has been progress in developing Afghan counter-narcotic capability, these efforts have not borne substantial fruit yet, the report said.

On the other hand, the report said it cannot be denied that contributing nations are looking forward to an eventual conclusion of the operation. "Public patience with the conflict is wearing thin," the report said.

There is also concern about diminishing support amongst the local Afghan population for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) presence in Afghanistan, the report said.

Moreover, the insurgency still maintains a complex and competent information operations capability that is able to exploit both local and national grievances and frustrate ISAF efforts, the report said.

The NATO-led ISAF was created in accordance with the Bonn Conference in December 2001, and currently 48 contributing nations provide more that 132,000 troops to this mission.

Source: Xinhua
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