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|Britain Calls for Broad-Based Afghan Regime
- Fall of Kabul brings future government into focus
BRITAIN has joined other countries in urging a broad based government on Afghanistan, following the fall of the country's capital - Kabul - to the Northern Alliance.
"The honest truth is that we will need to move forward very quickly internationally to provide the infrastructure for a broad-based interim government," said Home Secretary David Blunkett.
Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon added: "What is important is that we discuss not only with the main ethnic groups in Afghanistan but equally with the important regional players, like India, how they see a way forward towards a stable and lasting government."
The US, China and Pakistan have all made similar statements, reflecting a barely concealed fear among world players that the battlefield victories of the Northern Alliance will give the mixed ethnic group a monopoly of power, perhaps leading to yet another civil war.
In any case, the Northern Alliance's swift move into Kabul does not appear to mean the end of the Taliban government, which has fled to its southern stronghold of Kandahar along with much of the country's gold reserves and hard currency.