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Karzai Mulls Change In Election Timetable

Afghan President Hamid Karzai
Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he is considering changes to either the 2014 timetable for presidential elections or the planned transition of security to Afghan forces.

Speaking at a press conference in Kabul with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Karzai said such a move would avoid overloading the country with simultaneous change.

"Can we bring either the transition and the return of international forces to 2013 so we can have the other agenda fulfilled in 2014 with less to do?" Karzai asked, "Or should we allow the transition process to complete itself in 2014 but bring the presidential election one year earlier to 2013?"

Karzai said he had not made a final decision yet and would not be doing so in the near future.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, AFP, and dpa