Author: By Andy Philip, Press Association
David Miliband told delegates at the Nato Parliamentary Assembly that Britain
would be “ready” to send more troops as part of an agreed strategy.
He said: “I, as much as anyone else, want to bring our troops back home to
“But we cannot leave a vacuum which the Taliban will quickly fill, and under
their umbrella, Al Qaida quickly follow.
“Counter-terrorism may deal with symptoms, it brings short-term success.
In his address to the assembly in Edinburgh, Mr Miliband concentrated on
Nato’s presence in Afghanistan.
He called for “political uplift” and backed calls for “burden-sharing”.
Mr Miliband said: “We support the prosecution of a serious counter insurgency
effort in Afghanistan.
“We do not see that as an alternative to counter-terrorism but as the best
means to achieve it.
“And we are ready in the right conditions to raise our already high
contribution on the basis of an agreed strategy.”
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