UN peacekeeping chief calls for UN `course correction' in Afghanistan

The UN peacekeeping chief is calling for a UN "course correction" in Afghanistan to improve coordination of international civilian efforts to help promote peace. Undersecretary-General Jean-Marie Guehenno told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that this is essential at a time of increasing insurgent activity and terrorist violence. Guehenno says that while the international community has been committed and generous to Afghanistan, too often it has not been sufficiently united on key policy issues. He said the UN "bears its own share of responsibility" for deficiencies in international coordination and is working to correct this. But he said the UN needs the cooperation of the Afghan government and the international community.