Pakistan Hosts Tripartite Commission's 17th Meeting
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, June 6, 2006 NATO's International Security Assistance Force participated for the first time as a full member of today's meeting of the Tripartite Commission here.
The commission, composed of senior military and diplomatic representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, coalition forces in Afghanistan, and NATO-ISAF, held its 17th meeting.
Delegates included Maj. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, director general of Military Operations of the Pakistan Army; Lt. Gen. Sher M. Karimi, director of Operations of the Afghan National Army; Lt. Gen. Karl W. Eikenberry, commander, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan; and Lt. Gen. David Richards, commander of NATO-ISAF.
NATO-ISAF reviewed plans to extend the reach of the Afghan government through greater NATO-ISAF presence in the south. NATO-ISAF assumes control of international military forces operating in southern Afghanistan this summer. All sides agreed that NATO-ISAF's expanded role in the Tripartite Commission is very important to ensuring effective coordination in that region.
The session began with a presentation by the coalition's Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices working group that explained the results of a recently completed symposium in Bagram, Afghanistan, where coalition, Afghan and Pakistani forces reviewed the latest procedures and training related to IED defeat systems.
Following the C-IED presentation, the Military Intelligence-Sharing Working Group briefed the latest efforts to connect all parties to a common intelligence-sharing database, providing a common view of enemy intentions and activities.
Next, the Border Security Subcommittee discussed progress made during its first-ever meeting in late May that addressed the southern Afghanistan-Pakistan border area. The May meeting marked a significant step in coordinating security operations along the border area.
Following those discussions, the Afghanistan, Pakistan and coalition delegations each presented after-action reports on Operation Mountain Lion, the operation to deny sanctuary and safe haven for their common enemy, and to improve the lives of the Afghan people through various reconstruction projects and humanitarian assistance.
The operations were jointly-planned and executed operations among coalition, Afghanistan and Pakistan forces. The parties discussed both success stories and lessons learned for improving coordinated efforts in future operations.
The commission will meet again in August in Afghanistan.
(Based on a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release.)