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Rising Afghan violence worries India

india Updated: Feb 01, 2007 12:20 IST
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Sharing Afghanistan's concerns over escalation of violence in the country, India has said the Afghan security scene should be accurately projected to the international community so that it can adopt effective measures against cross-border terrorism.

India's Ambassador to Afghanistan Rakesh Sood conveyed New Delhi's concerns over the situation in Afghanistan in Bonn on Tuesday at the political directors meeting for the Joint Coordination Monitoring Board (JCMB), an international body tasked with overseeing a five year reconstruction plan for Afghanistan.

"An accurate representation of the Afghan security scene in JCMB reports will enable the international community to adopt effective policies and measures against cross-border terrorism, which is having a destabilsing influence in Afghanistan and the region," the ambassador said.

"India fully shared the concerns expressed by the Afghan government over the escalation of violence in recent months due to revival of Taliban, Al-Qaeda and other extremist groups, the existence of cross-border safe havens for these groups, and growing incidents of suicide bombings and IEDs," he said.

The JCMB comprises essentially of countries and organisations providing the highest levels of assistance for the reconstruction of Afghanistan, that was created a year ago under what has come to be known as the London Compact.

The earlier three JCMB deliberations were held in the Afghan capital last year.

The board is co-chaired by Tom Koenigs, the UN chief for Afghanistan and President Hamid Karzai's Senior Economic Advisor Ishaq Nadiri.

The last JCMB meet held in November, 2006 is understood to have omitted any reference to the role of the Taliban and other extremists.

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