US troop accord to be signed in 'good time': Afghan official
BRUSSELS (AFP) - Afghanistan wants and will sign a key security pact with Washington in "good time" to ensure Nato maintains a training mission after it ends combat operations there next year, an official said Wednesday.
As US and Nato officials warn that Kabul must sign soon or run the risk of losing post-2014 aid, an Afghan foreign ministry spokesman insisted the government "not only desires but also supports signing" the Bilateral Security Agreement.
President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign the BSA, which would set the legal and operational framework for Nato's post-2014 training mission, until elections in April when he stands down.
Karzai also says he wants only Afghan forces to be used in searches of homes to end civilian casualties.