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Karzai Spokesman Calls NATO War 'Unwise, Aimless'

Afghan presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi

Afghan presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi

A spokesman for the Afghan presidency has described the NATO-led military mission in the country as "aimless and unwise."

"The people of Afghanistan ask NATO to define the purpose and aim of the so-called war on terror, as they question why after a decade, this war in their country has failed to achieve its stated goals," Aimal Faizi said in a statement on March 19.

Faizi's remarks followed claims by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the United States is colluding with the Taliban to keep Afghanistan unstable and give foreign forces an excuse to stay beyond 2014.

On March 18, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen rejected those accusations as "an absolutely ridiculous idea."

The United States has also denied Karzai's accusation.

Meanwhile, the United States has warned Afghanistan that ensuring an "inclusive and credible" presidential election next year would be "critical" to maintaining international support after 2014.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, told a UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan on March 19: "The results of this election must produce an outcome that is legitimately accepted by the Afghan people."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said “broad participation and a credible process are essential to reaching the goal of a widely accepted leadership transition."

The 15-nation Security Council extended for another year the mandate of the UN mission in Afghanistan as the country prepares for the presidential election scheduled for April 2014.

Based on reporting by AFP and dpa