ZoneAsia-Pk

  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Home Politics International Politics NATO’s agreement with Cental Asian nations will include “non-lethal” goods only

NATO’s agreement with Cental Asian nations will include “non-lethal” goods only

E-mail Print PDF

A Nato official says the new reverse transit agreement between Nato and three Central Asian countries for transport of goods from Afghanistan is for “non-lethal goods” only and that they are in talks for a new transit agreement with Russia.

Earlier this week, the Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced that Nato would have a new reverse transit agreement with Uzbekistan, Kyrgystan and Kazakhstan, three countries through which Nato already operates its Northern Distribution Network for ferrying supplies into and out of Afghanistan.

The agreement comes after the ground supply routes from Pakistan to Afghanistan have been closed since November 2011, following the Salala airstrike that led to the death of 24 Pakistani soldiers. Pakistan has demanded an apology from the United States in return, and is currently in talks with a US team on negotiating new tariffs for trucks passing through Pakistan before the routes are re-opened.

Speaking to The Express Tribune on condition of anonymity, a Nato official said that the ISAF nations would pay the commercial operators for services to transport the cargo. Nato declined to divulge the details of the agreement, but said that an agreement has been reached “to the mutual satisfaction of all parties involved.”

The Nato official said that they are also working with Russia on a rail-air option through Ulyanovsk that would help them transport non-lethal goods, as well as talking to Pakistan about re-opening the supply routes.

“Once completed, all these agreements will give us a range of new options and the robust and flexible transport network we need for the transport of non-lethal goods from Afghanistan,” said the

official.

The US is due to withdraw 23000 of its 130,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012. France, a Nato partner, is also due to withdraw its 4000 troops from the country.

The Express Tribune

 

Add comment


Security code
Refresh


New ZoneAsia-Pk website

ZoneAsia-Pk has been upgraded!

We have launched a new version of our already great website. For latest updated content please visit our new ZoneAsia-Pk website.

www.ZoneAsia-pk.com

Polls

Do you think media laws regarding live coverage need to be revisited?
 

Top News

  • After the tragedy: Citizens stand up for Pakistan
    Death visited Peshawar on Tuesday, the 16th of December, 2014. It brought one of the gravest tragedies that the city...
  • The snooze button
    By Abdulla Wasti ZoneAsia-Pk   I shall refrain from talking about how devastated or heartbroken I feel after the tragedy...
  • Let us never forget
    Pakistanis are a strange lot; we have witnessed more than our fair share of violence, extremism, dead bodies and devastation....
  • Time for a rethink
    By Minahil K. ZoneAsia-Pk In India, Ajit Doval inspires the envy of many—he is dubbed as the one man army, rightist...
  • Who gives India’s RAW sleepless nights
    One has got to admire Pakistan. Is there any other example in history where a small nation has simultaneously taken...