U.N. Dispatch: Former U.N. Afghanistan Head Calls for Political Solution to Conflict


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U.S. Army in Afghanistan. NATO photo.


In a keynote speech delivered at a major civil society conference in London Tuesday, former Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Afghanistan Lakhdar Brahimi reflected on the past eight years of international engagement in Afghanistan and called for a new peace process to bring an end to the long-running conflict.

Governments contributing to the NATO-led U.N.-mandated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) underestimated the receptiveness of Afghans to an international force aimed at ensuring security in 2002, Mr. Brahimi said, adding that more troops at the outset “would have made all the difference in the world.” But the military strategy itself was “wrong” from the beginning, said Mr. Brahimi, in whose opinion the international force should have been constructed for peacekeeping rather than ongoing offensive counter-terrorism and counterinsurgency operations.

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