British envoy says mission in Afghanistan is doomed, according to leaked memo

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Times Online
October 2, 2008

Britain’s Ambassador to Afghanistan has stoked opposition to the allied operation there by reportedly saying that the campaign against the Taleban insurgents would fail and that the best hope was to install an acceptable dictator in Kabul.

Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, a Foreign Office heavyweight with a reputation for blunt speaking, delivered his bleak assessment of the seven-year Nato campaign in Afghanistan in a briefing with a French diplomat, according to French leaks. However sources in Whitehall said the account was a parody of the British Ambassador’s remarks.

François Fitou, the deputy French Ambassador to Kabul, told President Sarkozy’s office and the Foreign Ministry in a coded cable that Sir Sherard believed that “the current situation is bad; the security situation is getting worse; so is corruption and the Government has lost all trust”.


British envoy says mission in Afghanistan is doomed, according to leaked memo – Times Online.

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One thought on “British envoy says mission in Afghanistan is doomed, according to leaked memo

  1. The French ambassador’s comment could apply to every Islamic national government. What’s the big deal, Britain and France have few reservations about supporting undemocratic governments. Both had extensive relationships with Chinese, African and South Asian despots. As for the British Knight’s appraisal of the Afghan situation, he follows in the footsteps of the great Lord Chamberlain.

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