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.
The Afghan official quoted Dobbins as saying that "if the BSA ( is) not signed, there will be no peace in Afghanistan". "There will be a civil war in this country", Dobbins was quoted as further saying.
The Afghan official said Dobbins also stressed the "zero option ", meaning if there is no BAS, there is no need for U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.
Explaining Dobbins'remarks, the Afghan official said"you can have good interpretation and bad interpretation also", stressing " it could be a threat".
Karzai have previously reiterated his preconditions for inking the controversial agreement, which include ending military operations in Afghan houses and starting a meaningful peace process in this war-hit nation.
A four-day Afghan Loya Jirga, or grand assembly of the elders and notables which attended by 2,500 people from across the country and concluded on Nov. 27, endorsed BSA with Washington and urged President Karzai to ink it within this year.
However, Karzai said that the BSA would not be signed with United States by his government unless Washington meets all preconditions.
The White House has urged Kabul to ink BSA by the end of 2013, warning not inking the pact would affect U.S. support for Afghanistan.
In spite of overwhelming support by Afghans including parliamentarians to early inking of the contentious security pact, Karzai has categorically pointed out that he is not in hurry to sign it.
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"The U.S. secretary of defense arrived in Kabul Saturday evening and he will meet with U.S. and NATO commanders as well as with the U.S. soldiers stationed in the country," the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. Full story
KABUL, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- The delay in the signing of the bilateral security agreement (BSA) between Afghanistan and the United States has a negative effect on the country's business climate because of the uncertainty it has spawned, particularly in the maintenance of peace and stability after the departure of the NATO forces from Afghanistan next year.
"In the past I sold three to five cars on average a week but since the standoff in the signing of the BSA, I was not able to sell a single unit during the past week," Safiullah, a used-car dealer in the outskirt of Kabul, told Xinhua on Friday. Full story
BRUSSELS, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned on Tuesday that if Afghan President Hamid Karzai fails to sign a bilateral security agreement with the United States, NATO wouldn't be able to deploy its training and advisory mission in Afghanistan after 2014.
"It is clear that if there is no signature on the legal agreement, there can be no deployment and the planned assistance will be put at risk," Rasmussen told reporters at his arrival of a two-day gathering of NATO foreign ministers.Full story
KABUL, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Taliban militants who have been fighting the Afghan government and NATO-led forces in the country to regain power have praised President Hamid Karzai for delaying and not inking security pact known as the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States, a Taliban statement sent to media outlets said.Full Story
KABUL, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- The United States has reportedly withheld supplying fuel to the Afghan national army and police in reaction to President Hamid Karzai's new preconditions to signing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with Washington, local newspapers reported Monday.
"President Karzai's new preconditions for inking BSA has angered Washington and prompted it to consider "zero option" of troops in Afghanistan," Daily Wahdat said in its editorial.Full story
KABUL, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- As the Loya Jirga or traditional grand assembly of tribal elders and notables is underway in Kabul amid tight security to debate the Bilateral Security Agreement ( BSA) with Washington, majority of the participants believe inking it sooner rather than later will serve national interest.Full Story