Decision Followed Five Days of Difficult Talks With U.S.

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.... the Afghan president was more comfortable dealing with Sen. Kerry than with U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry or the administration's special representative to the region, Richard Holbrooke. Mr. Holbrooke angered Mr. Karzai when he suggested shortly after the Aug. 20 election that a runoff might be needed.
"He and I are friends," Sen. Kerry said of Mr. Karzai. "It was really trying to lay out real interests at stake..."

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