Uzbekistan urges West to use peaceful methods in Afghanistan

The president of Uzbekistan, which shares a long border with Afghanistan, has urged the West to use "peaceful methods" in Afghanistan.

Uzbekistan urges West to use peaceful methods in Afghanistan

The president of Uzbekistan, which shares a long border with Afghanistan, has urged the West to use "peaceful methods" in Afghanistan, instead of military invasion, focusing more on rebuilding the country's shattered economy.

Uzbek President Islam Karimov addressed parliament on Wednesday and said military efforts had become largely useless. His speech was published on the official uza.uz website on Thursday.

"Over the past 30 years billions and billions have been spent to solve the Afghan problem," he said. "It looks obvious today that the entire approach has to be changed to settle the situation in this country."

He urged the United Nations to lead efforts to rebuild Afghanistan through peaceful methods.

"To bring peace and stability to the tormented Afghan land the international community should first of all focus on offering economic, financial, social and humanitarian aid and that has to be done under the auspices of the United Nations."

Karimov said Afghan neighbours were particularly keen to take part in efforts to rebuild Afghanistan to avoid instability spilling over into the broader Central Asian region.

"Many countries are already offering Afghanistan such help," he said. "Of course its neighbouring nations are particularly interested in establishing its peace and stability."


Reuters

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