Kerry says partial Afghan security deal reached

US Secretary of State John Kerry said a partial agreement has been reached with Afghanistan on a security accord, but the potentially deal-breaking issue of jurisdiction for American forces remains unresolved.

He told a news conference that if there is no deal on the issue, there will not be an agreement to allow American troops to remain in the country after the NATO-led military mission ends next year.

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a break in a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a break in a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Credit: REUTERS/Jacquelyn Martin/Pool

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he will let a national council of elders and then parliament decide on the issue of who has jurisdiction for any crimes committed by US forces in the country after 2014.

However, Kerry believes jurisdiction is not an issue of immunity and that the US will prosecute any wrongdoing by American forces.

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