BRUSSELS (AFP) - NATO's top commander and Afghanistan's defence minister will urge allies Thursday to take new steps to crack down on the opium trade as the trafficking generates vital funds for the Taliban-led insurgency. At the meeting in Budapest, Hungary, NATO defence ministers will hear a plea for a decisive assault by international forces on the illicit Afghan trade " a source of some 92 percent of the world's opium and heroin. The 26 allies, in two days of informal talks, will also hold a first-ever NATO-Georgia Commission meeting at ministerial level, with Russia due to pull its troops out of Georgia by the end of the week. NATO's commander, US General John Craddock, will call on the ministers to lift restrictions on the way the fight against opium production is waged, and focus on "high end" targets like drug dealers and laboratories. "The current counter-narcotics effort is not effective. NATO must step up to this task," Craddock, NATO's supreme allied commander in Europe, said in Brussels ahead of the meeting. "I'm not talking about crop eradication but about destroying the ability by Taliban to buy material for IEDs (improvised explosive devices), the ability by Taliban to buy the trigger." But the move has met resistance from a minority of states " notably Germany, Italy and Spain " who fear such work could antagonise Afghan farmers or put their troops in more danger. Above all, they want the Afghan government to lead the drug battle. "There is a problem of the notorious links between drugs and the insurgency. It's also a public health issue, because these drugs end up here," said a European NATO diplomat. "But of course we have to carefully frame NATO's intervention." Officials say the solution could well come from Afghan Defence Minister Mohammad Rahim Wardak himself, and a "flexible approach" that would not oblige any country to take part against its will. "We will have Wardak saying publicly " here is what we Afghans need," an official said, in essence making the call come from President Hamid Karzai's government. Craddock will also use the meeting to call for more troops and equipment to fight the Taliban, whose insurgent activities " like the opium crops " are strong in the south. NATO has almost 51,000 troops in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which is trying to spread Karzai's rule and foster reconstruction, but still needs soldiers and helicopters to help suppress the Taliban. "We don't have sufficient presence to be able to contain a secure environment," a senior US official said. The alliance also needs trainers and funds " Japan has surfaced as a potential source of money " to develop the Afghan army, which Kabul wants to grow to some 132,000 troops from around 80,000 presently. On Friday, the ministers will focus on Georgia, and assess at a first meeting at this level how to support Tbilisi's efforts to rebuild and reform its military to meet NATO membership requirements. The commission was formed after Russia's massive strike on Georgia in early August, amid a dispute over the rebel Georgian region of South Ossetia which, along with Abkhazia, Moscow has since recognised as independent. It will meet on the date set for Russia forces to leave buffer zones around the two regions. NATO has halted all high-level meetings with Russia and is unlikely to resume them at least until Moscow fully complies with the peace agreement brokered by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Russia has long been angered that NATO is considering Georgia as a serious candidate for membership at some time in the future, but talks on resuming normal relations with Moscow are unlikely for some time. "That debate will not happen for a quite a while yet," a diplomat said.