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16 November 2009 - NATO MUST TAKE MORE INITIATIVE IN SHAPING AFGHAN STRATEGY SAYS GERMAN GENERAL

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NATO itself should be more proactive in developing and advocating an Afghan strategy, said retired German general Klaus Naumann. Speaking at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s session in Edinburgh on Sunday, General Naumann criticised the Alliance’s reactive attitude towards US policy on Afghanistan.

General Naumann went on to underline that NATO should aim to find “an Afghan solution” to establish a functioning state in the country.  “Simply sending in more NATO troops cannot be the solution” he said.  “A viable strategy should build on past successes and, coupled together with a counterinsurgency strategy, should be oriented fundamentally around reconstruction”.  This would include “working jointly with moderate elements” of the Taliban, of whom he estimated “no more than ten percent” were irreconcilable radicals. 

The general’s characteristically outspoken presentation was warmly received by the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s political committee, and frequently interrupted by applause.  The presentation and the following discussion covered his views on a wide range of security issues present and future (see other press releases).

The NATO Parliamentary Assembly, which brings together some 350 delegates from 28 NATO member states and other partner countries, is currently holding its Annual Session in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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