David Petraeus, Commander of the US Central Command (CentCom)
“SURGE NOT ENOUGH”
Pakistan says it has moved limited numbers of troops off the Afghan border for defensive purposes in response to the tension with India but alliance Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said he had seen no impact of that on Pakistan’s efforts to tackle the Taliban.
“There is nothing happening to the detriment of those operations,” he told the joint news conference with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
Qureshi said the tension on the Indian border did not help but Pakistan remained responsible to its obligations to fight militants on the Afghan border border.
De Hoop Scheffer said NATO members needed to follow the U.S. lead in boosting their commitment to the fight in Afghanistan, and those countries that could not send more troops should help with development.
A surge of troops would enable forces to take on militants where it was now not possible and to hold territory once cleared.
“But a military surge all by itself is not enough. It will not do the trick … the trick is reconstruction and development. But for reconstruction and development to take place you need security and stability and that is the role of the military.”
De Hoop Scheffer thanked Pakistan for its efforts to protect NATO supply lines through Pakistan into land-locked Afghanistan.
Pakistani Taliban militants have in recent months stepped up attacks on trucks passing through Pakistan.
Chief of the U.S. Central Command General David Petraeus said on Tuesday agreements had been reached for new routes into northern Afghanistan through Central Asian states and Russia.
“We are also, of course, interested in some possible alternatives as far as transit is concerned,” de Hoop Scheffer said.
Not According to Russian Military Representative to NATO General of the Army Alexei Maslov
Russia did not permit the United States and NATO to transit military supplies across the country to Afghanistan, Russian Military Representative to NATO General of the Army Alexei Maslov told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
“No official documents were submitted to Russia’s permanent mission in NATO certifying that Russia had authorized U.S. and NATO military supplies transit across the country,” he said in comments on some media reports about a statement which Commander of the U.S. Central Command General David Petraeus has recently made in Islamabad concerning alleged agreements with Russia and other countries bordering Russia on alternative transit routes for U.S. and NATO military supplies to Afghanistan.
So Which Is It?
United States central command chief General David Petraeus on Tuesday discussed regional security with Pakistani civil and military leadership.
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