Troop immunity threatens to sink US-Afghan deal
KABUL (AFP) - Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and United States Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday that talks on the future of US forces in Afghanistan were stuck on the key issue of US troop immunity.
Mr Kerry extended his stay in Kabul to try to thrash out a long-delayed security pact that would allow between 5,000 and 10,000 US troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014 to fight Al-Qaeda remnants and train the national army.
But he said that a major sticking point in efforts to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) was the issue of which country would try any US soldiers deployed in Afghanistan.
"One issue that is outstanding (is) the issue of jurisdiction," he said, rejecting the widely-used term "immunity" because accused US troops would still stand trial in America.