Afghanistan's post-Taleban government has told the United Nations Security Council it has several conditions before it will accept the deployment of a multinational security force.
In a letter to the council (dated Friday), acting Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah said the Afghan government agrees to multinational troops. But, he said, the deployment must be on the basis of an item in the U-N Charter that does not explicitly authorize the use of military force.
The U-N Security Council is expected to approve a resolution, next week, authorizing a multinational force to guard the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Several council members have said security contributors will not participate if there is a mandate banning the option of using force to protect their troops.
The council is also waiting for Britain's expected announcement that it will lead the force. The announcement is not expected until after a British military team returns from a weekend reconnaissance trip to Kabul.