Afghanistan – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic
President Sarkozy welcomes the US President’s speech on Afghanistan. It was a courageous, determined, clear-sighted speech that injects new impetus into the international commitment and opens new prospects for the future. President Sarkozy gives it his full support and calls on all countries that want to help the Afghan people to adhere to it.
Our objective is for the Afghans to live in a peaceful, sovereign country. Afghanistan’s stability and that of Pakistan are essential to world peace and to our own security. France will not leave a clear field to terrorism and to the barbarous violence of fanatics.
That is why France, together with her Allies, will remain strongly committed to standing alongside the Afghan people as long as necessary. Finally, together with our Allies, we will continue providing Afghanistan and her people with the necessary military and civilian support. France has strongly increased her civilian and military commitment over the past two years. With nearly 4,000 personnel, soldiers, gendarmes, police officers and stepped-up civilian aid, France’s main missions are to stabilize the Kapisa-Surobi province in two years and train Afghan security forces. We are also going to provide enhanced support to neighbouring Pakistan in her fight against the forces of destabilization that threaten the entire region.
At the request of President Sarkozy, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Gordon Brown, an international conference on Afghanistan will be held on 28 January 2010 under the auspices of the UN.
France expects it to result in clear commitments by the Afghan authorities in response to the exceptional commitment by the international community: with respect to governance, economic and social development, and the fight against drug trafficking. She also expects this conference to provide specific guidelines for “Afghanization” in the most stable areas. She urges reintegrating into society insurgents who recognize Afghan institutions and renounce violence.
The next meeting of NATO ministers this week and the London conference in late January will underscore the international community’s unity with respect to these objectives. It is in this renewed framework that France will examine her contribution to the international strategy, giving priority to the training of Afghan security forces./.