Premier Gordon Brown has pledged London as host
destination for an
international conference early next year on the subject of
Afghan security responsibilities to local forces from 2010.
Brown put forward London as the conference
destination, following a joint decision reached in September between the
British PM, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas
Sarkozy, to organise an international conference on Afghanistan.
“I want that conference to chart a comprehensive
political framework within which the military strategy can be
accomplished,” the Prime Minister said in a speech on Monday evening.
“It should identify a process for transferring district
by district to full Afghan control and, if at all possible, we should set a timetable for transfer starting next
year, in 2010,” he added.
A spokesperson for 10 Downing Street said a venue for the conference,
had not been decided. The government’s own prime
conference venue, the QEII Conference Centre, currently up for sale, would not
comment on the issue.