Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Afghan mission may be the end for NATO, says ex-secretary general

Former secretary general of Nato Lord Carrington today warned that the current

mission in Afghanistan could sound the "death knell" for the organisation.

Lord Peter Carrington, who wasNato secretary-general from 1984 to 1988,

was critical of foreign powers who were not backing the mission with sufficient fighting troops.

He agreed that France and Germany were not "pulling their weight" and said

the organisation was "not working" at present.

Lord Carrington told GMTV's The Sunday Programme that if the mission in the

country did not succeed, questions would be asked about the usefulness of the

organisation.

Speaking to fellow former Foreign Secretary Lord (David) Owen, who suggested

the mission could lead to defeat, he said: wNot just defeat, I think it may be

the death knell for Nato.

WI think when you get a situation in which so many countries in Nato are not

prepared to join in and those that do join in say 'We mustn't fight'...I think

this is very dangerous for Nato.

"I think we ought to ask ourselves if this doesn't work, what on earth Nato

is for?"

He added: "What happens in Afghanistan is going to have an enormous impact on

the future of Nato."

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