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Cablegate: Isaf Ministerial Statement On Afghanistan

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SUBJECT: ISAF MINISTERIAL STATEMENT ON AFGHANISTAN

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1. (U) The following statement on Afghanistan was issued
following the December 4 meeting in Brussels of Foreign
Ministers from countries participating in the NATO-led
International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan:

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Statement on Afghanistan by Ministers of Foreign Affairs of
Nations participating in the International Security
Assistance Force (ISAF)


1. The future of Afghanistan and the stability of the region
are directly linked to the security of our own countries, our
own citizens and the wider international community;
Afghanistan must never again become a safe haven for
terrorism. For this clear reason, and to contribute to a
better future for the Afghan people, today we - the Foreign
Ministers of the 43 countries participating, at the request
of the Afghan government, in the UN-mandated NATO-led ISAF
operation - reconfirm the commitment of ISAF nations to help
build lasting security and stability in Afghanistan, which
remains the Alliance's key priority.

2. We recognise the urgency of the challenge and we welcome
the opportunity to work with the new Afghan government. We
will therefore accelerate our efforts in support of the
Afghan people and government. Our goal is to help Afghans to
take over full responsibility and ownership as soon as
possible for the security of their own country. Increasing
Afghanistan's lead role across the board remains our primary
objective.

3. The past months have been particularly challenging. Afghan
and ISAF forces alike, have suffered significant numbers of
casualties. The Afghan people have also suffered great loss.
We pay tribute to every sacrifice made and extend our
condolences. We remain convinced that this mission is
essential, and that our overall strategy, agreed at the
Bucharest Summit, is the right one. To implement our strategy
as effectively as possible and in the light of changing
circumstances on the ground, we have agreed to make changes
to our approach as set out below. As part of this, the ISAF
operation will have, as a priority, the protection of the
Afghan people, building Afghan security capacity and
facilitating governance and development.

4. The transition to Afghan lead on security is an objective
we share with the Afghan government. We will urgently step up
our efforts to empower the Afghan authorities and help them
take over further security responsibilities. The transfer of
lead security responsibility in Kabul was a first step and
further transfers will happen as conditions across the
country allow. We are therefore investing more in training,
equipping and sustaining the Afghan National Security Forces,
through the NATO Training Mission, to build Afghan capacity.
Our mission will be accomplished when Afghan forces can
secure their own country; the Training Mission and donations
to the Afghan National Army Trust Fund will help bring that
day closer.

5. We endorse the underlying thrust of the assessment made by
General McChrystal in August on how best to deliver our

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strategy in Afghanistan. We strongly welcome President
Obama's announcement that the United States will provide
substantial additional troops and resources for this purpose.
We also welcome the additional contributions announced
recently and the fact that many other ISAF nations are, or
will be increasing their military and civilian contributions
in Afghanistan. All this reflects our determination and
commitment to provide the resources essential for the success
of the ISAF mission.

6. Military forces alone, however, are not sufficient to
ensure success. Security, governance and development must go
hand in hand and require ever greater efforts to deliver a
comprehensive approach under UNAMA leadership. We continue to
support UNAMA in this regard. Strong action from the United
Nations, the European Union, and many other organisations is
absolutely essential to a successful international civilian
effort. We, as nations, recognise the need to provide
additional civilian resources and to help develop the Afghan
government's capacity to govern at the national, provincial
and district levels, to provide basic services and spur
economic development. In support of the last point, NATO and
ISAF should seek to maximise, to the extent possible, the
positive economic impact of their presence in Afghanistan.

7. We welcome the goals set out by President Karzai in his
inaugural speech. We share his emphasis on improving
governance, fighting corruption, working towards
reintegration and reconciliation, strengthening the rule of
law, protecting human rights, expanding regional cooperation,
and laying out a goal for Afghanistan to have the lead in
security operations. We agree that the implementation of
these commitments will be central to making progress. We
encourage the new government to deliver rapid and tangible
results in this regard.

8. We have agreed to support the Afghan authorities on
reintegration issues and stand ready to contribute to a
process of reconciliation. Both these processes must be
Afghan-led and owned.

9. We look forward to a sequence of conferences bringing
together the Afghan government and the international
community. These conferences should contribute to enhanced
efforts in Afghanistan, set clear, viable and realistic
benchmarks for progress and underscore the long-term
commitment from the international community to help build
security and stability in the country, to the benefit of us
all.

10. We reiterate the need for all of Afghanistan's neighbours
to support the international efforts in the country, which
are also in their security interests. Enhancing political
dialogue and deepening our cooperation with Pakistan, in
particular, will be a priority. We welcome existing efforts
that contribute to regional cooperation in this regard.

11. We, the nations participating in ISAF, will continue to
work closely together on all matters related to the mission,
its ongoing adaptation to the evolving situation on the
ground and its relationship with the wider international
effort in Afghanistan.

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