Karzai says security in Afghanistan 'better before UK troops arrived'
London, Feb 4 : Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has said that security was better in southern Helmand province before the arrival of British forces.
During an exclusive interview with the Guardian and ITN in London, Karzai said he was unclear if western forces were leaving Afghanistan.
Karzai said he felt so because western forces think they had achieved the aim of making their own countries more secure by tackling international terror groups, or because they had realised the mission was mistaken.
According to the report, he also said that 'there will not be peace in Afghanistan by having an agreement only between us and the Afghan Taliban.'
Peace will only come when the external elements involved in creating instability and fighting, or lawlessness in Afghanistan, are involved in talks, he said.
Karzai added that he was more optimistic than a year ago that extensive behind-the-scenes contacts between his government and the Taliban would bear fruit, as relations with Pakistan improved.