Karzai warns 'difficult' US talks ahead

2012-05-03 19:10
Kabul - Afghan President Hamid Karzai hailed a newly signed strategic pact with the United States but warned on Thursday that tough negotiations still lay ahead on the US military presence in his war-torn country after 2014.

Karzai and US President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed the deal covering relations after US combat troops pull out in 2014 - but it did not address the crucial issue of the status of a smaller force expected to remain in the country.

Prominent among the potential hurdles in a separate deal on the military presence is the granting of immunity to US troops from prosecution in local courts - the issue that scuppered plans for a similar force in Iraq.

Karzai told a press conference in the garden of his heavily fortified palace that the security pact, expected to be completed within a year, "will be an even more difficult negotiation" than the Strategic Partnership Agreement.

The talks will "include very sensitive issues of Afghanistan's national sovereignty, the sovereignty of the US, and Afghanistan's interests and the interests of the US", he said.

Complicated issue

"Our hope from the US is that they understand the sensitivities that our country has. We'll consider their interests, but we hope that they don't demand what is not possible."

Last year, a loya jirga - a traditional grand assembly of tribal chiefs - demanded that American troops should be liable to prosecution in local courts.

The issue was complicated by the murderous rampage in March that left 17 Afghan villagers dead in their homes at night. An American soldier was flown out of the country and charged in the United States with the 17 murders.

There are about 130 000 Nato troops in Afghanistan, the bulk of them from the United States, fighting an insurgency led by the Taliban, an Islamic militia ousted in a US-led invasion in 2001 for harboring al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin laden.

US military sources say they envisage around 15 000 forces in Afghanistan after the 2014 withdrawal, focusing on air power, logistics, training, intelligence and counter terrorism.

Read more on:    nato  |  barack obama  |  hamid karzai  |  afghanistan  |  war  |  afghanistan shooting
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Fashion
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Friday Cape Town - 16:15 PM
    Road name: Wet Weather
    RAIN across the greater Cape Town area - drive with care and use headlights - Allow Extra Tavel Time
  • Friday Kuils River - 09:28 AM
    Road name: Polkadraai Road Eastbound
    ROADWORKS between the R102 Van Riebeeck Road and the R310 Baden Powell Drive exit - DELAYS
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Nokia E6

Nokia E6 has 8-megapixel digital camera with autofocus and built...

From R2599.69

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The day may have a fluctuating sensitive energy to begin with, but later when the Moon moves into dramatic and creative Leo you...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.