President Hamid Karzai demanded at a meeting with a UN Security Council team Tuesday that the international community set a "timeline" for ending military intervention in Afghanistan, his office said.
Karzai told a delegation from the Council that his country needed to know how long the US-led "war on terror" was going to be fought in Afghanistan or it would have to seek a political solution to a Taliban-led insurgency.
A US-led invasion ousted the extremist Islamic Taliban regime in 2001 and launched its "war on terror", which has brought nearly 70,000 mainly Western troops to Afghanistan, most of them under a UN Security Council mandate.