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Afghan Conference Diary (Part 2)

11:30, Green Park, London

Hamid Karzai's speech this morning includes the strongest bid for a sound bite slogan: "Afghan leadership, Afghan ownership." One cynical observer, a former New Delhi-based correspondent, says he might have added "Afghan public relations."

The cynic suggests that Karzai will have to do a better job of selling his program than he has so far. In his speech, the ever-dapper Afghan leader outlined a six-point program that included reconciliation, security, good governance, anticorruption efforts, economic development, and regional cooperation. Anything left out there? Just a lot of specifics.

"Will India be included in the regional cooperation group?" a Pakistani journalist asks. Iran, as reported earlier, apparently doesn't want to play.

Journalists put in requests for face-time with the delegates, but the distance between the tent and Lancaster House is wide. In the meanwhile, journalists interview journalists.

-- Jay Tolson

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