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Alliance Considers Security Force

November 29, 2001

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KOENIGSWINTER, Germany (AP) _ The northern alliance will not oppose an international security force to ensure peace during an interim administration being decided at talks among four Afghan factions, northern alliance delegation leader Younus Qanooni said Thursday.

``Our official stand is that once a transitional mechanism is established, and the need for international force is inevitable, we are not opposed to the arrival of an international force,″ Qanooni told reporters.

He reiterated that such a force was not needed at present, because northern alliance forces were safeguarding the peace.

On Wednesday, Qanooni told reporters that the northern alliance rejected an outside force. But he said he wanted to clarify that an outside force could be acceptable once an interim administration is in place.

``What we said was that at the moment, because there is peace in Afghanistan and security, we do not see a reason to deploy an international force,″ Qanooni said.

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