The Yugoslav news agency Tanjug yesterday termed the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan a complete tragedy that had left the country torn by civil war.
In a sharply worded commentary coinciding with the second anniversary of the intervention, Tanjug said the Kremlin faced growing world condemnation and had resorted to an untenable argument about "outside danger" to justify its move.
A Kremlin statement yesterday said the only way to get Societ troops out of Afghanistan was to end outside interference from the West.
The official Tass news agency said that in the two years Soviet troops have been billeted in Afghanistan, Moscow had "been helping the Afghan people in defending the revolutionary gains and is ready to continue assisting Afghansitan in securing a fair political settlement in the interests of international peace and stability."
Tanjug also stated, "Foreign tanks are unable to consolidate a regime that has no firm footing in the Afghan party and does not enjoy even a minimum of popularity and trust among the people."
In Bonn, meanwhile, West Germany renewed demands for Moscow's troop withdrawal. U.S. officials have estimated that the Soviets have 90,000 troops in Afghanistan.
A statement by Foeign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher said West Germany would continue to press for a way to restore Afghanistan's non-aaligned status while continuing to aid more than 2.5 million Afghan refugees.