BRATISLAVA (AFP) - Nato nations acknowledged Friday that their operation in Afghanistan is not working and agreed that they need a new approach to seize the initiative from the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and their backers. UNs special representative to Afghanistan Kai Eide said the Nato-led mission in Afghanistan required more European troops and could not be a US-only enterprise. Nato defence ministers, meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia, backed a plan to shift towards a fully-fledged counter-insurgency strategy but they did not say how they planned to make it work, or commit troops to the move. However, US Defence Secretary Roberts Gates indicated that a number of his European allies appeared ready to provide more resources to carry out the plan, drawn up by the top commander in Afghanistan, US General Stanley McChrystal. It does not solve the problems in Afghanistan just to hunt down and kill individual terrorists, Nato Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters, after hosting talks between alliance defence ministers in Slovakia. What we need is a much broader strategy which stabilises the whole Afghan society, he said. I have noted a broad support from all ministers on this counter-insurgency approach, but let me stress, without discussing the resource implications of these recommendations, he added. While the US is considering sending as many as 40,000 troops, few others nations have been willing to stump up resources. Britain made a conditional offer of 500 soldiers prior to the talks in Slovakia. Despite this, Gates said: I detect a commitment and an energy on the part of our allies ... in terms of their determination to participate with us in Afghanistan and see this through to a successful conclusion. There were a number of allies who have indicated they were thinking about or moving toward increasing their military or their civilian contributions or both, and I found that very heartening, he said. Hopefully well agree to put more effort into the training area, Danish Defence Minister Soren Gade told reporters at the meeting in Bratislava. We agree upon the fact that we need a stronger Afghan footprint all over Afghanistan, especially in the south and the east where there is heavy fighting, he said. That is part of our exit strategy to make sure that the Afghan national army can deal with the security problem itself, he said. US Defence Secretary Gates said, however, that a US decision on troops was not far away. Eide, the UNs special representative to Afghanistan, said more international troops were necessary to provide security and to train Afghan army and police. I do believe more troops will be needed, he told reporters at a NATO summit of defence ministers. It was important the mission not become an exclusively American endeavour, he added. I believe that this cannot be a US-only enterprise, Eide said.