Deutsche Welle
March 10, 2009

US Vice President Joe Biden told NATO that the situation in Afghanistan was a threat to the West as a whole.

[efoods]”The deteriorating situation in the region poses a security threat not just to the United States but to every single nation round this table,” Biden told representatives of the 26-nation military alliance during a visit to Brussels on Tuesday, March 10.

“It was from the very same mountains that the attacks of 9/11 were planned,” he said, adding that NATO should seek “pragmatic solutions” to its war in Afghanistan.

Biden said options included direct talks with moderate factions of the Taliban, most of whom are only involved in the insurgency for the money.

“We are not now winning the war, but the war is far from lost,” Biden told a news conference after three hours of talks.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said his government had long supported dialogue with those members of the Taliban, who are not connected with “terrorists.”

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