Karzai says will ink US-Afghan pact only if airstrikes on civilians stop


WASHINGTON: Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he will sign the US-Afghan security agreement only if the U.S. ends airstrikes and raids on Afghan homes and does more to help broker peace with the Taliban.

A national assembly endorsed the deal last month, but Karzai says he wants his successor to sign it. He says he’ll do it only if the U.S. ends airstrikes and raids on Afghan homes and does more to help broker peace with the Taliban.

On the other hand the U.S. envoy to Afghanistan said a delay in signing a security agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan is raising anxiety and imposing unnecessary costs on the Afghan people.

James Dobbins told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday that the delay in signing is causing the Afghan currency to slip in value, capital to flee and property values to drop.

Moreover, he says it makes it hard for the U.S. and other nations to plan for troops and other assistance after 2014. (AP)

SOURCE: AP

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