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Monday
Oct072013

Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai Says NATO Created Suffering, No Gains 

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai used the 12th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan to criticize the U.S. and other NATO forces.

In an interview with the BBC, Karzai explained that NATO brought little stability to his country.

"On the security front the entire NATO exercise was one that caused Afghanistan a lot of suffering, a lot of loss of life, and no gains because the country is not secure," he said.

Karzai also told the BBC that he is in no rush to sign a bilateral security agreement with the U.S. that would keep troops in the country beyond the end of next year.

"If the agreement doesn't suit us then of course they can leave. The agreement has to suit Afghanistan's interests and purposes. If it doesn't suit us and if it doesn't suit them then naturally we will go separate ways," he said.

Karzai said in a press conference Monday that he is calling a grand council of elders in a month's time to decide on a long-term security agreement with the U.S.

He has six months remaining in office until a successor is elected. Regarding the upcoming election, he said he won't allow "any foreign interference" and will not back any specific candidate.

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