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Strategic Perspective For Decade Of Change Was Taken At Council Of Ministers
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Karzai chaired the CM session at the presidential place yesterday. 
To begin with minister of Finance informed the CM over the strategic perspective of decade of change that would be taken up at the Tokyo conference. 
In accordance with the Kabul, London and Tokyo conferences, the international community will declare their long-term commitments towards supporting Afghanistan for its self-sufficiency. 
Meanwhile the Afghan government will present a document that would encompass the strategic viewpoints and a realistic plan and the world support to this plan would bring in self-reliance and stability to Afghanistan during the transition and the reform decade of change period. 
The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan though is in need of financial support during the decade of change (2015-20125) shall take over all security responsibilities till 2014 on gradual basis and meanwhile will take the leadership of all development activities for bringing about of a basic system of investment in Afghanistan for attaining of economic development and financial stability. 
This plan was confirmed in principle and the ministry of finance was instructed to rectify this document with the cooperation of the related organs and especially the ministry of economy as per the suggestions of the CM meeting and after confirmation of the economic committee of the CM present it to the coming CM meeting. 
Advisor of national security informed the CM on the Shanghai conference to be held in China in the near future and stressed that for years Afghanistan has attended this conference as a guest however at the coming meeting Afghanistan will attend as observer and shall have active role in economic and cultural spheres. 
In addition alongside this meeting meetings will be held with the Russian, Turkish and Pakistan sides on issues of mutual interest and regional issues and with the Chinese government the strategic cooperation agreement that has been signed in 2006 will be discussed and at the end of this meeting a joint statement will be issued. 
The deputy political minister of foreign ministry informed the CM on Kabul Conference Process with the participation of foreign ministers of this region, international financiers and the region organizations to be held in the month of this year in Kabul. 
He noted that this conference will assess the commitments of the international community towards Afghanistan such as regional participation and political outcomes, terrorism issues, narcotics, cultural cooperation and trust building on voluntary basis. 
Minister of public works shared the construction problems on the Salangs highway. 
He said that since ISAF procurement is taking place through this highway and due to traffic jams of vehicles through this highway its repairs cannot be materialized and on the other hand due to bad roads the passage of vehicles delays and the people are facing serious problems that needs the cooperation of the security organs, the finance ministry with the public works ministry. 
The CM advised the administration affairs department of the CM to manage creation of the ministerial commission led by Mohammad Karim Khalili second vice-president so that the committees supervise the responsibilities and progress of work in this direction. 
Minister of finance presented the addendum of the National Budget for the year 1391. 
He said that recently the financier countries have committed a sum of Afs. 23.39 billion to the budgets of defense, interior ministries and the central statistical administration and Afs 1.64 billion for the development projects of ministries of education, health and refugee and expatriate affairs which is presented as an addendum to the National Budget of 1391 and with the increase of the Afs. 23.39 billion the ordinary budget increases to Afs 157.08 billion and by increasing of Afs. 1.461 billion the development budget raise to Afs 112.693 billion and the national budget as a whole indicate Afs 269.77 billion.  
The CM confirmed the addendum, to the national budget of 1391 and assigned the finance ministry to send it for adoption to the National Assembly. 
Meanwhile, the charter of the heart disease institute of Afghanistan was presented by justice minister and the CM advised the ministers of justice and finance led by health minister to finalize this charter. 
At the end, three international conventions were presented to the CM by deputy minister for political affairs of foreign ministry and its acting minister which were confirmed by the CM accordingly.
 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The spokesman for defense ministry has rejected the reports of the New York Times and Washington Post on handing over Bagram detention center as irresponsible and groundless. 
The spokesman said that agreement on transferring the Bagram detention center to Afghan government was inked by Defense minister General Abdul Rahim Wardak and General John Allen the commander of ISAF forces in Afghanistan on 19 Hoot 1390. 
Under the agreement the transferring process of the prison to Afghan side would be completed within six months. 
The people of Afghanistan during Loya Jirga or grand assembly of elders held in 25 Aqrab 1390 advised the government to take over the control of Bagram prison from American forces and thieving this agreement is the prime projects of president of Afghanistan as a step towards achieving national sovereignty. 
The people of Afghanistan, government and the defense ministry are determined to implement the agreement and take the control of the Bagram prison in accordance with agreement inked between the two sides. 
The spokesman also noted that using the term of “vote” by a ranking security official is irresponsible and irritating. 
The Defense ministry of Afghanistan and ISAF are determined to implement the agreement with mutual cooperation all its contents and spirit.
 

Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Ehsan Ateel an artist of theater and cinema has died in migration. 
Ateel started serving at theater when he was young and by using the possibilities of the then ministry of information and culture he utilized the facility of theatrical training courses and ultimately he became an outstanding artist alongside other artists like Ustad Baised, Hamid Jalya, Dr. Ferhan, Qader Ferukh and other artists of the theater sphere. 
He played very well in the plays of candidate to the ministry, Zanane Asabi, Shab and Sjalaq and to Nesti and emerged brilliantly in the cinema of the country. 
After migration to Pakistan Ateel served at the program of Khane Naw and Zendagi Naw initiated by the BBC and then went to India till in 1998 he joined his family in Australia. 
Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen Minister of Information and Culture told the media that another start left the world of art. 
He was an excellent artist of theater and cinema and he left behind several eternal works. 
The ministry considers his death a loss. In Australia Ateel also followed arts and appeared in a film and on the 28th of May of this year he died in hospital in Sydney. 
He was born in Kabul and he has three daughters and three sons who are living in Canada and Germany.
 

Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Minister for information and culture Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen arrived in Beijing yesterday to attend the ninth conference of ministers for culture of Shangahi Cooperation Organization (SCO). 
In meeting with Bao Li Shiao Jee the deputy to the ministry for culture of China, Dr. Raheen while highlighting the historical relations between China support in the field of culture, preserving of historic monuments particularly preservation of national archive and museums in Afghanistan. 
Afghan ambassador to China Sultan Ahmad Baheen was also present during the meeting. 
Editor-in-chief of the Kabul Times Ahmad Shafiq Ahmadzai is accompanying the minister for information and culture in his visit to China.
 

Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A Taliban commander along with 24 other militants was killed in Helmand province, security officials said yesterday. 
According to the sources, Mullah Abdul Salam Abid the brother of Mullah Qayum Zakir deputy to Mullah Omar was killed by Afghan and international troops in Kajaki district on Saturday night. 
Several suicide vests and explosive material were also seized during the operations.
 

Tuesday, 05 June 2012 05:34

Karzai To Meet World Leaders In Beijing

Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai will meet several world leaders on subjects of bilateral interest on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, his spokesman said on Monday.  
The president would hold talks with his Chinese, Russian, Iranian and Pakistani counterparts in Beijing on important issues facing Afghanistan and the region at large, Aimal Faizi said. 
An inter-governmental organization, the SCO was established in June 2001 by Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. 
Observer states include India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan, while Belarus and Sri Lanka are its dialogue partners. 
Karzai attend the 12th summit, slated for June 6-7, Faizi said, adding that the organization would give Afghanistan the observer status. 
Previously, the country took part in SCO summits as a guest nation. 
During his visit, Karzai would sign with president Hu Jintao a document on an Afghanistan-China strategic cooperation agreement, the spokesman said. 
The Karzai government has already signed similar pacts with the United States of America, Germany, Britain, Italy, Australia, France and India. 
Faizi said the accord would pave the ground for long-term cooperation between the two countries in political, economic, security and cultural spheres. 
Beijing has pledged $20 million in assistance to Kabul. 
At meetings with Chinese, Russian, Iranian and Pakistani presidents, Karzai would reiterate Afghanistan’s desire for lasting trade links with their countries and stability in the region, Faizi continued. 
The president would also meet Chinese entrepreneurs and invite them to invest in different sectors of Afghanistan’s economy, the spokesman concluded.
 

Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Acknowledgment messages have been dispatched on behalf of president Hamid Karzai addressed to the leaders of Denmark, Sweden, Turkey, Canada, Finland, Britain, Norway and Pakistan for their expression of support and their assistance to Afghanistan at the Chicago Conference. 
At these messages the president thanked the leaders of the NATO for their active participation and declaring of their new assistance packages to Afghanistan. 
President Karzai stressed in his messages that the Chicago Conference once again indicated that in the struggle against difficulties in Afghanistan, a clear world understanding exists. 
The messages note further that Afghanistan in the recent year has achieved progress with the assistance of the international community in different spheres. 
He also mentioned of the progress made by the Afghan security forces and called a good example of success and progress in the security transition process. 
He pointed out that in order to ensure further empowerment of the security forces of Afghanistan there is continued need for international assistance as well.
 


Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Kabul (BNA) H.E Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, was eager to participate in today’s meeting.
Due to his pre- arranged engagement he is not able to be here today and it is my honor to deliver the following statement on his behalf:
Dear Brother Your Excellency Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan,
Excellency, Secretary General of the United Nations, Distinguished High Representative, Mr. Sampaio, Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Unfortunately, due to my pre- arranged engagement I will not able be here today, in this diverse gathering of cultures and communities of a close group of friends, who are committed to strengthening international partnerships and generating new ideas aimed at a noble objective-advancing dialogue, cooperation and understanding among the world’s many cultures, religions and civilizations.
I instructed Mr. Erfani to deliver the following statement on his behalf:
Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Let me express my sincere gratitude to our dear brother H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Prime Minister of Turkey, for his leadership in hosting this very timely and important forum for our Alliance in the beautiful city of Istanbul, the city that provides us with a living example of a diverse civilization and an ideal symbol of the efforts to advance the complex challenges our societies face today.
Seven years ago in 2005, the Alliance of Civilizations was founded on the belief that alleviating divisions and misperceptions across cultures, religions and civilizations would benefit sustainable peace and prosperity across the globe.
Since its inception, the Alliance has become the major international initiative supporting all efforts towards preventing tension and conflict, developing intercultural dialogue and cooperation, and promoting peace and stability at the regional and global levels.
Through the four previous sessions in Madrid, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, and last December in Qatar, the Alliance successfully identified practical initiatives for cross-cultural cooperation, aimed at finding practical solutions to our most pressing challenges such as polarization, poverty, and extremism.
Our efforts have shown that through tolerance, respect and co-existence, a safer, and more secure and prosperous world can be achieved.
The positive atmosphere created by global initiatives working towards intercultural peace and dialogue such as the Alliance, has been playing a vital role in tackling the dangerous effects of intolerance, discrimination, and xenophobia.
Nevertheless, we are still at the beginning of our long and important journey to reach the noble objectives of our Alliance-the objective of achieving an environment where all peoples of our globalized world appreciate each other’s differences based on the principle of mutual respect, and work together, leveraging the strength of our diversity to promote a prosperous future for all peoples.
Today, our globalized world is witness to numerous challenges and conflicts, many of which arise from extremist ideologies and theories that misuse, abuse and target race, culture, religion, and civilizations.
They also exploit hatred, intolerance, and confrontation. The solution to these challenges will be found by getting to an open, inclusive and honest dialogue between different beliefs, cultures and civilizations.
These are not always easy conversations, but we must encourage this dialogue, and we must do a better job to prevent extremism and fanaticism not only in words but far more importantly also in deeds.
Therefore, this Forum offers another opportunity to provide new momentum to fight these challenges and contribute to our common aspirations for peaceful co-existence, security, development and global prosperity.
Mr. President
My country Afghanistan has historically been a meeting point for different cultures and civilizations, a country where for centuries people from different backgrounds and beliefs lived side by side in peace and solidarity.
Our rich and proud cultural diversity today is a direct fruit of our historical position as the crossroads of most of the world’s major civilizations, past and present.
We are also fully determined to move past the painful legacy of the past three decades of war in Afghanistan that has had multiple regional dimensions, and strengthen confidence and cooperation in our region through sincere and result-oriented cooperation.
Afghanistan is fully committed to the objectives of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.
This commitment is based on our own experience, as a country that is being supported by a broad coalition of friends who have stood by the Afghan people as we strive to overcome decades of conflict, and achieve lasting peace and stability.
This coalition spans across continents, and includes a wide array of partners from distinct national and cultural backgrounds who are providing civilian, military, financial and moral support for Afghanistan.
Afghanistan, with the assistance of the international community, has made historic progress toward ensuring peace and security, and strengthening economic and social development.
We have begun to develop National Plans to address many of our primary challenges, including illiteracy, unemployment, poverty, and underdevelopment, as well as to combat imported radical ideologies, strengthen a national consensus on how to promote reconciliation and reintegration for our peace and security. We want to educate our children with the virtues of tolerance and openness, strengthen a functional and responsible and free media, a vibrant civil society and create the conditions for a secure, safe and responsible integration of our returnees, which are among the central ideals of the Alliance of Civilizations.
Afghanistan, as a member of the Group of Friends of the Alliance, reiterates its commitments to the implementation of the goals and principles of the Alliance of Civilizations. As we heard from President Sampaio this morning, the Alliance is facing several challenges including the need for financial resources and ongoing support from the generous contributions from the Friends of the Alliance.
Despite our own financial situation, as a sign of commitment to the success of Alliance goals, my government has decided to make a symbolic contribution (equivalent 500,000 Afghani) to the Trust Fund of the Alliance of Civilization.
Furthermore, Afghanistan supports all other initiatives that strengthen and promote dialogue among civilizations including the newly established center in Vienna of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Majesty King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Inter-religious and Inter-cultural Dialogue, which will serve as a permanent platform for enhancing this important dialogue.
In conclusion Mr. President,
On behalf of the Government of Afghanistan, I would like to thank H.E. President Jorge Sampaio, High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), for his continued and tireless efforts to promote the noble goals of our Alliance.
Let us use this opportunity to once again reaffirm our mutual commitment to these goals, and work to implement the AoC ideals so that we can leave our children a more unified and tolerant world that finds strength, rather than conflict, in its diversity.
Thank you.

 

Monday, June 4, 2012
Ghor (BNA) Head of Development Council of Tolak district of Ghor province was killed by unknown armed men last night.
Maulavi Mohammad while was going to his house last night came under the attacked of unknown armed men and lost his life.
Abdul Hai Khateb spokesman of Ghor governor in a contact with BNA confirmed the event but said nothing about the identities of the culprits of the case.
No one has taken the responsibility of this event. Local authorities accused Taliban for killing the famous people and tribal elders in Afghanistan.
Unknown armed men killed a staff of the court of that province last week, said the source.
T. Rateb

Monday, June 4, 2012
Sheberghan (BNA) A new school will build for students of Kenara Shahr Sheberghan village of Jowzjan province.
Abdul Hai Yasheen head of education department of Jowzjan told this news agency, this school will be build at the cost of 9500 USD by coordination office of Canada’s aid for Afghanistan on 3 Jeribs of land.
This school has 8 classrooms, four administrative offices and other necessities and accommodates 800 students, said the source.
T. Rateb