United Nations Calls For Afghans to Take Charge of their Future

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. peacekeeping chief says it's time
for the international community to take "concrete steps" to allow
Afghans to take charge of their future - and to ensure that
"Afghanization" becomes more than a slogan.

Alain Le Roy told the Security Council on Thursday that the
Afghan government is "legitimately eager" to lead and the
international community risks failure in its goals for the country
if this doesn't happen.

He said Afghan "ownership" must take place on both the
military and civilian side, with the international community in

Afghanistan's U.N. Ambassador Zahir Tanin told the council the
government has taken up the leadership challenge and in the coming
year its priority will be "Afghanization" in every area.

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