Consultation could solve differences over BSA: Chinese Official
                 English.news.cn | 2013-12-21 18:15:32 | Editor: Fu Peng

KABUL, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- China supports friendly consultation in overthrowing the difficulties over BSA inking, a Chinese government spokesman told Friday's regular press conference. "We have noted relevant development. China respects Afghanistan 's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. We believe that the Afghan government and people have the capability and wisdom to handle its own matters. We hope that relevant parties could solve their differences through friendly consultation," Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying responded to a query seeking China's stance over the singing of the controversial pact known as Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) .

The BSA governs the future of U.S. military presence in Afghanistan after 2014. Washington wanted Kabul to get it inked by the end of 2013. Nevertheless, Karzai said that the BSA would not be signed until the presidential election on April 5, 2014.

The president initially endorsed such a deal, but has since put forward new conditions including promise by Washington not to allow its forces to conduct counter-terrorism raids on Afghan homes and U.S. agreement to free Afghan prisoners held at Guantanamo prison.

The four-day Loya Jirga or Afghan traditional grand assembly concluded on Nov. 24 endorsed the Bilateral Security Agreement, calling on Karzai to ink it by the end of this year.

Local analysts said if the two countries fail to reach the deal which governs the presence of U.S. troops after 2014 pullout of the NATO-led forces, the United States will consider the complete withdrawal of troops, similar to the pull-out of U.S. troops from Iraq two years ago.

However, the Afghan leader has dismissed as brinkmanship U.S. threat of a complete troop pullout from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 without a security pact that governs the presence of American troops in the central Asian nation beyond 2014.

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U.S. warns Afghanistan of civil war if no BSA deal: Afghan official

KABUL, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- James Dobbins, U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, has warned the Afghan government that failure to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) would lead to a civil war in Afghanistan, an Afghan official told Xinhua on Saturday.

The official said on the condition of anonymity that Dobbins had met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai two days ago and the meeting ended up without any outcome after tense talks between the two sides. Full story

 

 

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