Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Video: Hamid Karzai warns Nato not to act as occupier in Afghanistan
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Speaking after a spate of civilian casualties caused by Nato bombing runs, Mr Karzai said: "I want to warn Nato forces that the repeat of their air strikes on Afghan homes are not allowed any more and will not be accepted by the people of Afghanistan, there is no reason for this kind of attack."
On Sunday a Nato raid on a compound in Helmand's Nawzad district led to the deaths of at least nine people, most of them children.
Mr Karzai warned that Nato would find itself unwelcome in his country if it did not treat their relationship with respect.
“Our treatment with Nato is from the point of view of an ally, if it turns to the other, to the behaviour of an occupation, that of course the Afghan people know how to deal with that," he said.
The argument over Nato tactics comes at a time of increased tension in Afghanistan with the Taliban launching a spring offensive in early May.