"We will try our best. But the international community must have also the patience with us and the realization of the realities in Afghanistan. If it takes longer, then they must be with us."
- Hamid Karzai, on President Obama's much-debated 18 month timetable
"I do see an urgent need for a negotiated approach. As well as we try to struggle against terrorism, we must also talk and find peaceful ways. As an Afghan, I would very much want to negotiate with him (Omar), provided he renounces violence, provided all the connections to the Al-Qaeda and to terrorist networks are cut off and denounced and renounced. And also provided, most importantly, that the United States and our other allies back us in this and see the need for it."
- Hamid Karzai, on negotiating with Mullah Omar