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Sunday, 9 December, 2001, 17:42 GMT
Dostum 'won't fight interim authority'
General Dostum
Dostum: Unhappy with the division of the spoils
Northern Alliance warlord General Abdul Rashid Dostum has indicated that he is willing to cooperate with Kabul's new interim government.

He said that, although he did not like the make up of the 30-member interim coalition government established in Germany, "the dividing out of power will not now go on by means of force."

"People say General Dostum will again start bloodletting and war. This is not true. We will hold negotiations in Kabul. The rule of law will return," he added.

General Dostum made the remarks in Heiraton, on the border with Uzbekistan, where he had earlier inspected a train bringing humanitarian aid into the country.

The general, who rules most of oil-rich northern Afghanistan, said his mainly Uzbek Jombesh-e-Melli faction was not fairly represented in the new administration.

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Several other Northern Alliance members had expressed their unhappiness with the power-sharing deal reached after nine days of tough negotiations.

General Dostum accused his partners in the Northern Alliance of reneging on an earlier agreement to give his faction the foreign ministry in the transitional government.

Instead, it was awarded the portfolios of agriculture, mining and industry - and a rival alliance faction, Jamiat-e Islami, took foreign affairs, as well as defence and interior.

"This is a humiliation for us," said General Dostum, who believes the alliance owes him for the capture of the strategic northern town of Mazar-e-Sharif, which he said triggered the collapse of the Taleban.

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