"Eliminating the remnants of terrorism in our region requires not only the continued support from the international community but also strong and sincere commitment from other countries in the region. To stop the movement of terrorists across borders, the countries of the region must cooperate closely," Karzai said.
Afghan and UN officials have said fighters linked to the former ruling Taliban and Al-Qaeda terrorist network continue to cross the border from Pakistan into southern areas of Afghanistan. Pakistan has insisted it is working hard to secure the border.
Karzai is one of 18 registered candidates campaigning for the presidency. Legislative elections are slated to take place in 2005.
(with additional Reuters reports)