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
"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
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.