Gov't rejects reports on Taliban holding major presence in Afghanistan 2008-12-09 15:54:31   Print

    KABUL, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Afghan Foreign Ministry rejected an intelligence report by the International Council on Security and Development (ICOS) that Taliban militants hold a permanent presence in 72 percent of Afghanistan, said a statement of the ministry received here on Tuesday.

    "Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly rejects the assertion by the International ICOS on the extent of Taliban's presence across Afghanistan," the statement said. "In addition to the questionable methodology of the report and its conceptual confusion, the report has misinterpreted the sporadic, terrorizing and media-oriented activities of the Taliban."

    The statement quoted the recent finding by the UN Security Council delegation as saying "Afghanistan is faced with a difficult security situation, but not a security crisis".

    It added that "the difficulties are confined to a small number of districts mainly in the South and East of the Country alongside our frontier with Pakistan."

    Meanwhile, it noted that "the successful completion of the second phase of voter registration that saw the registration of more than two and half million Afghan voters to date is another testimony to both the growing capability of the Afghan National Security Forces and the determination of Afghan people to successfully complete our arduous transitional journey to join the family of nations as a secure, prosperous, progressive and democratic nation."

    ICOS, an independent think-tank and research organization based in Brazil, in its report released on Monday said that the Taliban has a permanent presence in 72 percent of the country in 2008, comparing with 54 percent in 2007.

Editor: Zheng E
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