Germany criticizes lack of progress in Afghanistan
By Sajad - Tue Nov 27 2012, 12:21 pm
The government of Germany following its latest report ‘Afghanistan Report’ says Afghanistan is making little progress towards lasting peace and security. The Taliban remains an operational fighting force, national reconciliation isn’t advancing and attacks by Afghan security forces on international troops are a cause for concern, the report reads.
A new report by the German government paints a pessimistic picture of security in Afghanistan, Spiegel Online reports.
According to the report “hostile forces remain operational” despite international efforts to train the national army and police force.
The report says lasting peace will only be achieved if Afghanistan makes progress on national reconciliation. “This hasn’t succeeded so far,” it writes.
The report also points towards the insider attacks threats and says the rise in attacks by Afghan troops on soldiers of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) is causing particular concern, the report adds, saying that 48 soldiers have died in such incidents this year.
“The German government takes the growing threat very seriously,” the report says. It adds, however, that the number of security incidents has fallen. The 48-page report will be approved by the cabinet on Wednesday and submitted to parliament.
Germany plans to pay Afghanistan €430 million ($558 million) per year until 2016 to improve living conditions and governance. It will contribute an additional €150 million to help finance the Afghan security forces.