(Reuters) - The leaders of NATO nations and other countries contributing to the alliance’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan issued a declaration on Thursday setting out their “strategic vision”.
Here are some key points from their statement, which declares a “firm and shared long-term commitment” to Afghanistan.
-- provide military commanders with resources to fill shortfalls in ISAF, including forces and training teams for Afghan forces
-- provide “maximum possible flexibility of use” of forces by the ISAF commander. This is a reference to “caveats”, which national governments impose on the use of their forces
-- take every measure to avoid civilian casualties
-- provide training teams and equipment to get an effective 80,000-strong Afghan National Army by 2010
-- “extremism and terrorism will no longer pose a threat to stability”
-- Self-sufficient Afghan security forces, in the lead in operations
-- Afghan government able to extend good governance, reconstruction and development throughout the country, to the benefit of all citizens.
Reporting by Andrew Gray; Editing by Timothy Heritage