Karzai says civilian deaths could hinder U.S. pact

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Posted: May 07, 2012 12:03 PM
Karzai says civilian deaths could hinder U.S. pact

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Monday that the strategic pact sealed by U.S. President Barack Obama last week was at risk of being "meaningless" if Afghans do not feel safe, according to a statement, which referred to recent civilian casualties by NATO.

Karzai called U.S. General John Allen, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, to the palace on Monday to discuss what he said were dozens of civilian casualties caused by NATO in four provinces since Sunday evening.

"Karzai signed the strategic pact with the United States to avoid such incidents (civilian casualties) and if Afghans do not feel safe, the strategic partnership loses its meaning," a presidential palace statement said.

(Reporting by Mirwais Harooni, writing by Amie Ferris-Rotman, editing by Jack Kimball)


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