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16:48 | 2010-01-30


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Tajikistan: Respect for Afghans Guarantees Peace, Stability

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tajikistan's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Daulat Nazriov underlined on Saturday that respect for the will of the Afghan nation is the only way to peace and security in the war-torn country.

"Any decision adopted by the Afghan government and nation for finding a proper solution to the crisis in the country will be supported by Tajikistan's government," Nazirov told FNA.

He further dismissed military solutions to Afghanistan's problems, and advised Kabul to use Tajikistan's experience in establishing peace to resolve the problems in the country.

"The experience in Tajikistan is a proper role model for Afghanistan as military solutions to the Afghan crisis have come to a dead-end and will never yield desirable results," Nazriov added.

Noting that Dushanbe supports the Afghan government's decision to hold talks with the Taliban, he reiterated that respect for Afghanistan's national rules and cooperation with the international community are the principles that the negotiating sides should care about.

A large number of the regional countries, including Iran, have underlined that contrary to western beliefs, the Afghan problem has no military solution. As the number of foreign troops in the country increase, insurgencies become more frequent and take even higher tolls.

More than 400 Western troops have lost their lives in the fighting in 2009, making it the deadliest year of the war.

Afghan civilian casualties in the first nine months of last year have also risen to 1,500 with many killed in US air raids, resulting in greater animosity towards the occupiers.

The United States has been stepping up appeals for further allied troop reinforcements since Obama announced that he was sending 30,000 more US troops to Afghanistan over the coming months.