July 20th, 2010
07:57 AM ET

Karzai at Kabul Conference: Security handover by 2014

Afghanistan is "determined" to be responsible for its own security operations by 2014, President Hamid Karzai told an international donors conference in Kabul Tuesday.

Karzai said that Afghanistan will work with NATO and other nations on a transition for security by that date.

"I am committed to having the ability by 2014 to reach the level of strength and ability and capacity in our own forces to provide for our own security," Karzai said at a joint news conference with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the end of the conference.

"We hope the international community will help Afghanistan reach that objective," Karzai said. "This is a national objective we have to fulfill - and we must."

The conference brought together representatives from more than 70 countries and international and local institutions to discuss Afghanistan's plan for development, governance, and stability. Among the delegates were Ban and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The participants also discussed aid for the country and agreed to channel at least 50 percent of all donor money directly into the Afghan government's budget.

In her speech, Clinton said that while the transition to Afghan control of security could not be put off indefinitely, the United States' involvement in the country will continue. Too many nations, she said, have suffered too many losses to see Afghanistan slide backward.

"We know the road ahead will not be easy," she said. "Citizens of many nations represented here, including my own, wonder whether success is even possible - and, if so, whether we all have the commitment to achieve it. We will answer these questions with our actions. "

Karzai's government is under pressure to cut down on corruption and take over security.

Ban reiterated that concern at the end of the conference and said that the aid pledged to Afghanistan should be disbursed in an effective and transparent manner.

Last year, U.S. President Barack Obama called for Afghanistan to increase the number of its troops to 134,000 and the number of police to 109,000 by October 2010. Afghanistan is close to reaching those targets, but some question whether more emphasis has been placed on quantity over quality.

Coalition forces are fighting a tenacious Taliban insurgency, with a wave of fatalities that made June the bloodiest month so far for U.S. and international troops in the Afghan war.

The war is also unpopular among many people in coalition countries, and Obama's administration recently made a major change in the war's leadership: replacing Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top international commander in Afghanistan, with Gen. David Petraeus, who was the architect of the U.S. "surge" strategy in Iraq.

Petraeus, in a July 4 letter to troops, framed the conflict as a "contest of wills" as he exhorted them to win the fight against militants.

Karzai, in his speech, also preached patience.

"I also want to highlight the patience and dignity with which our civilian population has borne the brunt of the conflict and the attacks of our common enemies," he said. "But do not mistake our will to overcome them. Let our friends and partners be assured of the justness of our cause. With your support and commitment, Afghanistan will further strengthen its rightful place in the community of nations; and we thank you for this."

The meeting went off without incident. Monday night, however, several insurgents were killed and two were detained while coalition troops were looking for a Taliban facilitator who was believed to be in the final stages of planning an attack on the conference.

The alleged facilitator got away, a spokesman with the NATO-led coalition force said.

-CNN's Atia Abawi contributed to this report.


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. hontodesu

    Crusader, Jihadist, Nazi, Faciast, Fundamental Christian + Muslem + Hindu + Catholic. You are all a bag of hate filled bigots. It seems that all the religions out of the middle east and the sub contentent are all violent, unforgiving, mongers of division. The four horsemen are: Protestent, Catholic, Muslem, Hindu, and on a small pony riding in the dust, Judaism.
    Sociapaths the whole bunch.

    July 25, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. wayne james

    Karzai said that Afghanistan will work with NATO and other nations on a transition for security by that date....AND WENT ON NOT SAY THAT..... THAT IS THE DATE HE'LL HAVE ALL THE MONEY HE SIPHONED FROM THE AMERICAN DOLE.....IN A SWISS BANK.

    July 22, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. abdul saber zargai

    hello to every body and first of all i thanked the international community ,ISAF and NATO for thier long termed support Afghanistan and one point that i would like to mention is that iam totally disagreed with the pulling out the troops by 2011 july iam sure once again the talibans might getting roots in the world and afghanistan so iam kindlly requested from international comunity US,UK to do not pulling out your troops atleast till 2020 thanks from all your nice attention

    July 22, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. Guess

    2014 my ass! Let them fight over the dirt. While we're do all the heavy lifting China is reaping all of the benefits. 10 years is plenty...

    July 21, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SAM

    There wont be anyone left when WW3 Breaks out

    July 21, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. martin

    What i would like to know, is why the heck are they killing one another for? Good god live in peace. For example, if I were to fight over a pepsi can with another person, we wouldn't be able to enjoy the can of pepsi. What the hell did we do to deserve 9-11? Bin Laden is using people. I think he is has some emotional issues. He is a mad man with money. He is taking his personal issues out on the rest of the world. HE may look tought on the exterior, but inside, he is nothing.

    July 21, 2010 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. mike2000

    India days in Afghanistan are few, US out India out too

    July 21, 2010 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. Drew

    If we leave Afghanistan without capturing Bin Laden, and while the Taliban and Al Qaeda are still in a state of functional existence...I will lose the last sliver of hope and respect I have left for American politicians, permanently!

    If all the lives lost, money spent, and time Americans endured away from their families is in vain, it will be completely unforgivable. We have come to far to not finish the job.

    July 20, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      It's a little difficult to capture an already dead man,Drew.And the "job" should never have been started in the first place!

      July 20, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paramedic-Andy

      I agree with you 100% But can we really achieve victory or leave knowing that the Afghan army/police can do the job? I really hope so but after 9 years I am starting to doubt.

      July 21, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. StevenLeeDouglasWV

    Until Karzai gives FULL and COMPLETE access to ALL of his country to Coaltion Forces, no transition can begin since there will always be a haven for the Taliban to hide and plan their next attack.

    July 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Asten Weems

    I say we cluster bomb the border three times all over and then send our troops to shoot up anyone who tries to come out. Also focus our efforts on having Afghanistan maintain itself without our help before we leave at all. NATO should also threat to bomb and shoot up the Tribal regions of Pakistan unless they submit to our will or just kill off the taliban themselves

    July 20, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Here's another shining example of this right-wing mob,shoot'em up mentality.How disgusting!These right-wing nutjobs just can't get enough of this bloodshed!

      July 20, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jon

    Afghanistan should be paying us for all of our efforts. They can start with all of those natural recources and minerals deposites that were discovered. We as a nation shoud file a lawsuit to pay us back every penny spent over there. They are in fact the ones that gave safe haven to the 911 terrorists and let them train there. Therefore they owe us Trillions of dollars. But we are too PC to ever mention collecting that money it would offend the rest of the world... What happend to the spoils of war? We are the only nation to ever walk away from a "victory" with less than we started with... I say we take it all and let China have half and they can police that region the right way...

    July 20, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paramedic-Andy

      And all that sand! That should be worth a few bucks. What a sh$t country, why we are still there wasting money I will never know.

      July 21, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CHRIS

    "The participants also discussed aid for the country and agreed to channel at least 50 percent of all donor money directly into the Afghan government's budget". Another HUGE mistake. Afghanistan and Iraq for many, many years has been designated to be 2 of the top 5 corrupt countries in the world. This won't change. Karzai speaks out of both sides of his mouth, and we have our tongue hanging out like a rabid dog. Afghanistan hasn't been peaceful for decades. Our politiicians are so arrogant hey want us to believe they can achieve the unachievable. 9 years already in a corrupt third world country that a poll showed 74% of Afghans don't beileve they should be siding with the coaltion. American lives lost for political reasons. Clinton said "many of her own citizens don't believe we can win. Then why in heck don'y the politicians listen to theri citizens?

    July 20, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • soldierswife

      Well said.

      July 22, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • nwalvek

        if its so bad tell your sodlier to get a job outside the military

        July 25, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. Tysic

    Exploit the resources of Afghanistan? What resources? Poppies?

    July 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Didn't you hear about the "recently discovered" mineral deposits over there?That's what NATO's fighting for in order to make rich even richer.

      July 20, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paramedic-Andy

      Poppies and dirt/sand. I think there is a market for that:}

      July 21, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Futuristic

    Thats when the next american elections come!

    July 20, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. morris wise

    It would be a change for the best if the personality of Mohammed was replaced for that of Jesus who was a more peaceful individual. For that change to take place the Koran would have to be discarded for the New Testament, and the Mosque outfitted with a cross. Over night the Muslim worshipers would become peace loving Christians who attended church services every Sunday. The unemployed imams would become ministers who would follow the teachings of Jesus and officiate in a more peaceful way. Religious beliefs cannot exist without a structure and if mosques suddenly disappeared, a thousand churches would take their place.

    July 20, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Far better Christianity than Western right-wing fanaticism and Capitalist greed to replace Islam!

      July 20, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • soldierswife

      Seriously. Religion is the root of the problems. Whether it be Islam or Christianity, it matters not. For both can be twisted and manipulated to mean whatever you interpret them to mean.

      July 22, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Rajesh K

    @BUBBA–ALABAMA, even if they exploit Afghan resources, they won't 100%. at least Afghan government will take 50% of it and 50% of it will make Afghanistan another UAE-Dubai😉

    It's not a one day process but AFG will be a rich country.
    Time will tell🙂

    July 20, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  17. BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

    This I have to see to believe.Then again,if they kill off enough Taliban,they just might get a puppet regime in place which they can govern by proxy and exploit Afghan resources.

    July 20, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  18. David Sims

    Indeed all Terrorists are from Pakistan. Someone should just remove Pakistan from the MAP.
    Give half of it to Afghanistan and other half to India then we all will live peacefully !!!

    July 20, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Rajesh K

      100% Agreed.

      July 20, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Ibokay

      Learn to talk good.

      July 22, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  19. David Sims

    Seems Afghanistan will raise once again and kick Pakistan's @ss ))))))))))))))

    Pakistani Terrorists will suffer. I hope they burn in hell.

    July 20, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      And then NATO and India can exploit Afghanistan's natural resources.

      July 20, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Indian

      Really...You look pretty confident. Why don't you do it now?

      July 20, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • J Mart

      what do you mean by hindered and india and stuff. im not arguing but...? and what is Nu con?

      July 20, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • davec

      Hey Karzai, how about if we hand it over to you in 2010 you utterly worthless and useless excuse for a leader. Go pound sand, sand man.

      July 21, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • billr

        It doesn't matter when we hand it over to karzai and his goverment, he has the same problem as america, the enemy within. once we hand it over, karzai will lose it to the taliban nce again. the afgan people don't have the will to finish the fight

        July 25, 2010 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |