UN Conference Success Welcomed
6 December 2001
National's Foreign Affairs spokesman Dr
Lockwood Smith today welcomed news of the success of the UN
Conference on Afghanistan in Bonn.
"I find it encouraging
that Afghan delegates have agreed to an interim Government
and that a power-sharing agreement has been reached. The
next step will be the tribal council which Afghanistan's
former king, Zahir Shah will convene next
"Afghanistan is not so much a failed state, as a
state that has suffered incredibly from lying on active
geopolitical faultlines, so that its neighbours have
ruthlessly exploited its ethnic and political differences
for the past 22 years. Hopefully that has come to an end.
"The Afghan delegates at Bonn have achieved a promising
result, and credit also goes to the German Government which
organised the conference," Dr Smith said.
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