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Afghan talibs warn Kazakhstan

23 may 2011, 13:16
Afghan talibs warned Kazakhstan that its decision to deploy troops to support NATO in Afghanistan will have grave consequences, RIA Novosti reports.

As per the Taliban leaders, the decision of Kazakhstan authorities is against the best interests of all the countries in the region. “(Kazakhstan) intends to protect the USA interests instead of considering the will of the country's population and a long-term negative effect on the relations between Afghanistan and Kazakhstan and the countries of the region,” Talibs said.

On May 18 Kazakhstan Majilis (Lower Chamber of the Parliament) approved Ratification of the agreement in the form of notes exchange between Kazakhstan and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on participation in activities of international security assistant forces in Afghanistan enabling Kazakhstan to send its peacekeeping forces to Afghanistan as part of its cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

The exact number of Kazakhstan soldiers is not known yet. As per the terms of the agreement, Kazakhstan will supply its contingent to the International Security Assistant Forces (ISAF) in Afghanistan for six months provided that they are approved and certified by NATO. The six-months period may be prolonged through a mutual agreement.

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