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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2867

Pak-Afghan-US tripartite commission discusses security situation

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Islamabad, 07 June, ( The Tripartite Commission, composed of senior military and diplomatic representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Coalition Forces in Afghanistan, and NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), held its 17th meeting in the Pakistani garrison city of Rawalipndi on Tuesday and discussed the security situation in Afghanistan and Pak-Afghan border.

Delegates included Major General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, Director General of Military Operations of the Pakistan Army, Lieutenant General Sher M. Karimi, Director of Operations of the Afghan National Army, Lieutenant General Karl W. Eikenberry, Commander, Combined Forces Command – Afghanistan and Lieutenant General David Richards, Commander of NATO-ISAF.

This meeting was the first time that NATO-ISAF participated as a full member of the Tripartite Commission.

NATO-ISAF reviewed plans to extend the reach of the Government of Afghanistan through greater NATO-ISAF presence in the south. NATO-ISAF assumes control of international military forces operating in southern Afghanistan this summer. All sides agreed that NATO-ISAF’s expanded role in the Tripartite Commission is very important to ensuring effective coordination in this region.

The session began with a presentation by the Coalition’s Counter-Improved Explosive Device (C-IED) working group that explained the results of a recently completed symposium at Bagram, Afghanistan, at which Coalition, Afghan and Pakistani forces reviewed the latest procedures and training related to IED defeat systems.

Following the C-IED presentation, the Military Intelligence- Sharing Working Group briefed the latest efforts to connect all parties to a common intelligence-sharing database, providing a common view of enemy intentions and activities.

Next, the Border Security Subcommittee discussed progress made during its first-ever meeting in late May that addressed the southern Afghanistan-Pakistan border area. The May meeting marked a significant step in coordinating security operations along the border area.

Following those discussion, the Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Coalition delegations each presented after-action reports on Operation Mountain Lion, the operation to deny sanctuary and safe haven for their common enemy, and to improve the lives of the Afghan people through various reconstruction projects and humanitarian assistance.

The operations were jointly-planned and executed operations among Coalition, Afghanistan and Pakistan forces. The parties discussed both success stories and lessons learned for improving coordinated efforts in future operations.

The Tripartite Commission will meet again in August 2006 in Afghanistan.

- Asian Tribune -

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