Ex-UN envoy: more troops not enough in Afghanistan

September 5, 2009 04:06

Pakistan and Iran should be involved in efforts to mend Afghanistan, a veteran diplomat and former UN envoy to the war-torn country said Friday. Lakhdar Brahimi called last month's Afghan presidential election "messy" but said it didn't necessarily preclude a strong government. In an interview with The Associated Press, he said any troop surge is not enough in itself to quell soaring violence in the country. He called for a "coherent strategy" of regional cooperation. "You need also full participation by Pakistan, more than anybody else, and also Iran and India," he said while attending a gathering of political and business leaders on Italy's Lake Como.

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