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Afghanistan has demands in singing security accord with U.S.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday said that the country has demands and "guaranties" from the United States before singing a Bilateral Security Agreement ( BSA).

"Afghanistan and the United States are working on a bilateral security agreement .. that will requires certain guaranties for the United States," Karzai told reporters at a press conference.

He said the agreements will grant the United States with the certain facilities and places for their use in Afghanistan.

The Afghan leader said that the country will provide the facilities to the United States in accordance with agreements but only under some conditions that Afghanistan considers it of vital interest to the country.

"Those vital interests are the sovereignty of Afghanistan, respect for Afghan laws, respect for Afghan live and property, the training and equipping of Afghan security forces, the control of Afghan airspace by the Afghan government," he said.

Negotiations between the United States and Afghan governments on security agreements formally began in Kabul on Nov. 15.

Talks on bilateral security agreement are taking place in the wake of the signing of Afghan-U.S. strategic partnership, which was inked by Karzai and U.S. President Barack Obama on May 2 in Kabul.

Responding to a quarry about the failed assassination attempt on Asadullah Khalid, the chief of National Directorate of Security or intelligence agency, the Afghan leader said that the attack was planned in neighboring Pakistan.

"Against all human and Islamic values the bomber placed the explosive in his body and tried to kill our NDS chief," he said, adding "Our intelligence agency chief is receiving medical treatment and recovering from wounds and that he will be back in office in near future,"

The Taliban insurgent group, which has been waging an insurgency of more than one decade, has claimed responsibility for the Thursday's suicide bombing against the Khalid which carried out by a man posing as a messenger of peace in an NDS guesthouse in Kabul.

However, Karzai said that the failed attack will not have any impact on the peace and negotiations with the Taliban.

[Source: Xinhua, Kabul, 08Dec12]

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