Terrorism in Afghanistan - Negotiation

Negotiation 3 – Terrorism
Opening statement
Thank you once again for attending today’s discussions.
Afghanistan recognises that its future depends heavily on the international community's willingness to continue delivering concrete resources to the Afghan Government. It depends equally on international willingness to help protect the Afghan Government against the Taliban and other extremists who are waging a bloody insurgency in the south and east of the country.
Neither of these tasks will be simple, and neither will be completed soon, but the past few years have been a story of success for our country and its people, as well as the international community. The Afghan Government and the international community have built national-level political institutions—including a new constitution, legitimate presidential elections, and a democratically elected parliament.
The success of the past few years hasn't lessened the need for international involvement in our country—it has only provided a foundation upon which to build. Now, we need the help of the international community to bolster the Afghan Government's ability to provide sound governance at all levels of government. I would like to add that the Afghan Government won't be able to do it alone.
The capacity of the government needs to be strengthened to deliver basic services to the population—especially security. The problems span Afghanistan, but they are especially prevalent in rural areas. The quality of life for millions of Afghans—spread across desolate land and isolated villages—have not advanced and in many areas the Afghan Government does not currently have the capacity to be a recognisable force in the region.

The illicit drug trade is a significant hurdle to the expansion of central government authority and it undercuts efforts to rebuild the economy. The drug trade also fuels provincial and local corruption. According to the IMF, the Afghan opiate GDP in 2005 was $2.6 billion—roughly a third...