Afghanistan suspends security pact talks with US amid Taliban peace process

Published: June 19, 2013
Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a joint news conference following a security handover ceremony at a military academy outside Kabul. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a joint news conference following a security handover ceremony at a military academy outside Kabul. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has decided to suspend talks on a security pact with the United States, accusing Washington of mixed messages regarding peace talks with the Taliban, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

“In a special meeting chaired by President Hamid Karzai, the president has decided to suspend talks about a security pact with the US because of their inconsistent statements and actions in regard to the peace process,” spokesman Aimal Faizi told Reuters.

Negotiations on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) began earlier this year and, if completed, will define the shape of the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan for years to come.

In Iraq, a collapse in negotiations regarding a similar pact saw the US pull all troops out of the country. The US Embassy in Kabul said it was preparing a statement on the announcement.

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  • mujeeb
    Jun 19, 2013 - 1:46PM

    excellent political move by karzai


  • ezanius
    Jun 19, 2013 - 2:24PM

    Excellent political move by United States, one must understand.


  • Lala Gee
    Jun 19, 2013 - 2:55PM

    Good try to blackmail US, but he needs to be reminded who brought him to power in the first place. You simply cannot blackmail a super power. At least learn something from Pakistan’s recent experience.


  • unbelievable
    Jun 19, 2013 - 3:41PM

    Reminds me of Pakistan threatening the USA over the NATO supply line – the only thing chest thumping gets you is a sore chest.


  • ashar
    Jun 19, 2013 - 5:32PM

    Mr. Karzai , Delhi is waiting to give you political asylum. Please apply and secure your future.


  • Rex Minor
    Jun 19, 2013 - 8:11PM

    Follow the route of Henry Henry Kissinger with Vietnam. A surrender document but the Talibans will contnue to battle the foreign for Americans as long as they are present in Afghanstan. Talibans first demand, American undertaking that they will not use Afghanistan soil to launch aggression agains other countries. Karzai is a clever fox, he is protesting against the American direct talks with the Talibans on behalf of his non Pashtun mmbers of his Government.
    One can see the sticky problem now since the New Taliban Government will not allow opium plantation, thereby stopping 80 % of the world wide production, most of which goes to America.

    Rex Minor


  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Jun 20, 2013 - 11:11AM

    Hamid Karzai what kind of man are you?Totally abstruse and esoteric because you change your statements more faster and easily than PPP’s leadership……..


  • Linchpin
    Jun 20, 2013 - 3:43PM

    The more things become clear in relation to Afghanistan the more I admire the way Pakistan has handled the situation. Massive pressure from the US to play along with the Karzai/US agenda in the start. Now the Americans have realized that they need to cut their losses and get out. Pakistan from the outset claimed:
    1. Negotiations is the only way forward
    2. America will want out leaving another mess which will have devastating effects on Pakistan
    3. Prevent other forces from entering the arena (India, ,Iran, Russia) because this will just prolong the war.
    4. Pakistan should resist being caught up in the debacle (only partly realized as it has cost tens of thousands of lives)

    I think Pakistan has been proved right on most accounts. After all Pakistan has the largest Pushtun population in the world. Millions of Afghan refugees have taken refuge including Karzai, the Taliban, the Mujahideen leaders, and the opposition groups of the 60’s and 70’s. The presence of Afghans leaders over 30 years in Islamabad and Peshawar. A long border. The most important border for Afghanistan. So Pakistan has a very strong understanding of the situation in Afghanisatan and could predict most of the results we see today much more correctly than the so called international experts and academics.


  • florence
    Jun 28, 2013 - 4:40AM

    you don’t know that Americans are talibans. Can you explain me why all occidental army of the world were not able to finish talibans when commander Hamad Shah Massoud did it alone (more or less) ?


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