Islam Karimov believes ISAF withdrawal from Afghanistan in late 2014 is too early

Karimov at CICA President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov said that withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from Afghanistan in late 2014 is too early.


“The situation in this country shows that, obviously, it is necessary to postpone the deadline for troop withdrawal, initially scheduled for late 2014,” he stressed at the 4th summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) on May 22.


“Today one can say that all sides interested in solving the Afghan crisis agree on one thing – there is no military solution to achieve peace in Afghanistan,” he continued.


Karimov noticed that Uzbekistan adheres to the principal policy of non-interference in Afghanistan's internal affairs, organization of bilateral cooperation and support for the Government to be elected by the Afghans themselves.


“Our country considers it counterproductive to set any preconditions for the contracting sides. These preconditions can not only bring down the negotiation process, but also re-escalate the tension and confrontation, which is unacceptable,” the President said.


He expressed hope that the second stage of the presidential elections in Afghanistan will be held at the proper level, which will bring “Afghanistan's long-suffering people to a more civilized life.”