29 April 2010 - AFGHAN-NATO EFFORTS IN AFGHANISTAN AT A CRITICAL JUNCTURE
Combined Afghan-NATO efforts in Afghanistan are at a critical juncture. A population-centric approach and renovated organizational structures are making significant progress possible. However, the challenges to the mission remain plentiful and complex. Commitment, resources, and strategic patience will be necessary if current efforts are to fully bear fruit.
This is the principal conclusion brought back by a delegation from the NATO Parliamentary Assembly that visited
‘’It is clear from our discussions and travels in
During its time in Kabul, the delegation met with members of the upper and lower houses of the Afghan parliament; the Afghan ministers of Defence and Interior, as well as the National Security Adviser to the President; the senior leadership of ISAF and of the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, and other senior military and diplomatic officials.
The delegation also visited the USFOR-A Counter-Insurgency Academy, and travelled to
For the first time, members of the Assembly visited the newly established Detention Facility in Parwan (DFIP), under the command of U.S. Joint Task Force 435, at Bagram Air Force Base. The delegation toured the facility and observed detainees and the conditions of their confinement. Also, at Bagram, the delegation met with the uniquely merged civilian and military leadership of Regional Command East.
A detailed visit report will be available shortly on the Assembly’s website.
Composition of the delegation:
Sven Mikser (Estonia), Vice-President of the NATO PA
Accompanied by Jack Segal, the Chief Political Adviser to the Commander, Joint Force Command Brunssum, Alex Tiersky, Director of the Assembly’s Defence and Security Committee, and Ruxandra Popa, Director of the Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security.
Contact the NATO PA Press and Media Relations Service for more information