Karzai promised to eliminate the private militias

Warlords and drug barons who flourished during three decades of conflict have no future in a new Afghanistan, President &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/2002/07/30/33491.html ' target=_blank>Hamid Karzai said on Thursday.

Making his acceptance speech a day after being officially declared winner of the country's first direct presidential election, he said his pre-election vow to eliminate private militias had clearly won the support of the people.

"There will not be any private militia forces in Afghanistan. That's the first demand of the &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/hotspots/2001/12/11/23399.html ' target=_blank>Afghan people," he told a news conference broadcast live to his war-ravaged nation.

"There will definitely, definitely not be any drug thing in Afghanistan. We are going to be dedicated, strong, in working against that", informs Reuters.