Karzai warns against Libya intervention

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai warned Wednesday against international military intervention in Libya, saying it would only cause "more suffering."

"I believe military intervention will cause more suffering for the international community and the people of Libya," the Afghan leader told Channel Four news during his visit to Britain.

"A military intervention will raise the nationalistic fervour of the population there, with no clear end in sight, and as a consequence of that I would not advise it," he added.

Karzai later met with Prince Charles at the British heir's Clarence House residence where they talked for around 50 minutes about the prince's visit to Afghanistan last year, according to Charles's office.

Clarence House also confirmed that the pair talked about the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, an organisation -- of which both men are patrons -- that aims to regenerate Afghanistan's traditional arts and historic areas.

The Afghan leader, who arrived in London late Monday for a two-day visit, Tuesday spoke to British Prime Minister David Cameron about the planned transition of security responsibility from international troops to their Afghan counterparts.

Britain has around 9,500 troops in Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, based in the troubled southern Helmand Province.

© 2011 AFP

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