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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Hamid Karzai the president of Islamic republic of Afghanistan has expressed sympathy with the people and government of Russia over casualties arisen out of recent floods. 
According to reports 180 people lost their lives due to heavy floods in the southern parts of Russia. 
President Karzai in a message sent to Russian president Vladimir Putin yesterday had expressed his sympathy and condolence with the government and the people of Russia.
 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Marshal Mohammad Qaseem Fahim acting president chaired the plenary session of the Council of Ministers. 
Initially, Marshal Fahim considered the Tokyo conference as hopeful and said that Afghanistan attended this conference with specific plans and this will ensure concentration of the donor countries on main projects in the country and the achievements of the conference will prove positive for the people of Afghanistan. 
The CM asked Minister Interior to report on his visit Logar province aimed at removal of problems of Ainak Cooper mine and ensuring the needs of the contracting company. 
He said that security problems cannot prevent implementation of the project or face its work with problems. He informed the CM on the ministry’s measures on deployment of new security posts and further expansion of security belt and the readiness of the security forces for ensuring security of the mine. 
The decision of the economic committee in relation to increase in the retirement payment of 1382 to 1387 of military personnel was presented deputy minister of finance. 
The CM decided payment of the rights of the retired persons in three year’s installment starting from 1391 as pre the finance ministry’s proposal. 
The minister of commerce and industries informed the CM over the trader’s problems in terms of numerous taxes that municipalities are demanding from the passage of vehicles of trade goods. 
It was proposed that tax of municipalities be waived off in center and provinces and instead it is added in the form of increment in custom tariffs and delivered to municipalities by the finance ministry. 
The CM adopted this proposal and decided that the ministries of finance and commerce and industries, the Kabul Municipality and the local organs department prepare a mechanism for this excepting the tax of the entrance doors of Kabul city and start its execution from the first of Mizan of current year. 
Minister of commerce and industries informed the CM over payment of the pending debts of the chambers of commerce and industries from the departments and it was decided that finance ministry procure the debts of the government organs and deliver it to the chambers of commerce. 
The legislative plan of 1391 that was revised based on the decision of session dated 1/3/1391 of the CM was presented by justice minister.
The CM adopted the plan and assigned the ministry to prepare the draft of upgrading the capacity building of the legislative sector of the ministry and present it to the CM. 
The regulation on activities of the ministry of urban development along with the form problems of the documents, was presented by justice minister as well. 
The CM adopted the regulation with deleting the phrase 24 of the documents and assigned the ministry of justice and urban development to rectify the regulation and finalize it accordingly. 
The minister of justice and deputy minister of agriculture and irrigation presented the issue of formation of agriculture development monetary fund as an executive under the leadership of inter-ministerial non-banking foundation as well as its consultative board and stressed that its charter will soon be presented to the CM as well. 
The CM adopted the proposal and assigned the ministries of agriculture and justice to present its charter to the CM. 
At the end three international conventions were presented to the CM by the deputy minister of and acting minister of foreign affairs which were adopted by the CM accordingly.
 

Tuesday July 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Sports Science University of Nippon of Japan awarded President Hamid Karzai an honorary doctorate for his services towards peace. 
At the ceremony in this respect at the university Hall among others the 92nd prime minister of Japan as a special guest and the ambassadors and representatives of 16 countries of the world were participants. 
Kanshera Matsunami General the university expressed the congratulations of the University to present Karzai. 
He told president Karzai that your achievements is recorded in the h9story of this university and will remain eternal. He added that we representing the university that aims at upgrading the education and peace deem your presence praise worthy and awarding of this document is a pride for the Japanese Uni8versity. 
Former Prime Minister of Japan Taro Assure while praising president Karzai over his efforts towards peace and stability in the country and wished peace and stability in Afghanistan and ever further strengthening of relations between the two countries. 
Prof. Doctor Rashiu Tanigama Rector of the Nippon University presented the document of the honorary doctorate in appreciation of his efforts in peace and stability areas in the country and in the world. 
President Karzai after receiving the honorary doctorate while thanking the rector and the leadership of the Japanese University said it is an honor for him that he is receiving this honorary doctorate from the Nippon University having 120 years of history. 
He added that the Nippon University was established in 1891 at a time that some of the countries did not exist but Japan had its educational foundations. 
Touching on the growth of sports in Afghanistan President Karzai said that in the past ten years sports in Afghanistan has eye-catching progress and for instance he mentioned the football sport, Karate, cricket and boxing and added that the Afghan sportsmen have got immense medals from the national, regional and international matches. 
He added that I have no more words of the university also addressed the audience. 
A sportsman from the Nippon University presented a bouquet of flower the president Karzai and President Karzai planted a memorial tree at the yard of the University.
 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai strongly denounced the killing of a woman who was shot to death in Ghorband district of Parwan province and termed the act a heinous and unforgivable crime.
Recently, a number of criminals shot, in public, a woman to death in Shinwari area of Ghorband district of Parwan province.
The shooting footage unveiled another formidable crime committed in the country, where the people of Afghanistan wished not to see such acts repeated after collapse of the Taliban regime.
Condemning the act in the strongest possible terms, the President said, “The murder of a woman who has had no voice to raise for her self-defense against the weapon and brutality of a number of criminals is a clear symbol of the cowardice and wickedness of her murderers”.
He added, “Such a crime is unforgivable in the sacred religion of Islam and the laws of the country”.
Having found about the crime, the President, who is currently on a visit to Japan, instructed the security officials not to spare any efforts in arresting and punishing the perpetrators.
 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
(Introduction in Japanese of President Karzai to the Press Club, by an official from the Club)
President Karzai:
Kabul (BNA) Thank you very much Mr. Haida for your precise and quick introduction.
Ladies and gentlemen! This is my fourth visit to the Press Club and also perhaps my fifth visit to Japan. In 2002, when Afghanistan began its journey to reconstruction and rebuilding its infrastructure, rebuilding its political, social and economic life, Tokyo was the venue for the first conference on Afghanistan reconstruction. Subsequent to that, it was the third conference in Tokyo for the reconstruction of Afghanistan where yesterday Afghanistan was pledged by so many countries 16 billion dollars for the next four years.
We are as the people of Afghanistan extremely grateful for what the people of Japan have done for us consistently and patiently and for having organized three of the most important meetings on Afghanistan especially the first Tokyo conference and this one yesterday which pledged considerable amounts of resources to the afghan people so once again I express deepest gratitude of the people of Afghanistan to the people of Japan to the government of Japan for the very generous hospitality and support.
Yesterday’s event reminded us once again, luckily that the international community continues to be supportive of Afghanistan desire for a better life, for a stronger country with strong and better institutions and economy.
Japan yesterday pledged $ 3 billion for the next three years, the United States continued the assistance matching the assistance of the past ten years with about $ 2 billion annually, Sweden was a country that announced its support to Afghanistan till 2025 of a figure of $ 1.2 billion that is a hundred million dollars annually, Germany 450 million Euro, Australia $ 250 million, India $ 500 million for the next many years to come, Asian development bank $ 1.2 billion for the next five years, other countries, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Qatar, European Union, I would like to thank all those countries and all those organizations that have pledged support to Afghanistan , China pledged to support Afghanistan. I don’t want for us to not mention any country, so all those countries, all those institutions, all those world bodies who announced contributions yesterday.
I would like for this august forum of the press to express the gratitude of our people to them. I will cut my remarks short with this, because I know you will be asking questions and rather I would give answers to the questions you may have. Thank you once again, it is very kind of you in the press club to give me this opportunity. Thank you very much
Question:
In Japanese…( my question is about peace and reconciliation process with the Taliban, where is the current state of affairs in regards to the peace talks?)
Answer:
Well, the peace process which has two important components of reconciliation and re-integration as the most important of our responsibilities today specially now that the world community has committed to us for the next ten years, our priority will be the one to work the best we can towards a peace process which not only brings peace and stability to Afghanistan, but which also consolidates the gains that we have made in the past ten years.
This means that all those Taliban and other militant bodies that are working against their own country now are welcome to Afghanistan, participate in the life of the country and to benefit from the laws and the freedoms that Afghanistan offers to them with the condition that they respect the Afghan constitution, that they respect the freedoms that afghan constitution has given to afghan men and women, that they continue the rebuilding of Afghanistan, that they renounce violence. We have had extensive talks on this with Pakistan. We are waiting for the visit of H.E. the Prime Minister of Pakistan in the coming few days, we have also had talks within the Taliban, with personalities if not with the entire movement.
The head of the peace council Mr. Salahuddin Rabbani is actually with us on this visit to Japan, he has attended all the important meetings, he will be in the meeting with us today with the Prime Minister of Japan. So, yes, indeed, it is the most important of all the endeavors that we have alongside our efforts to bring stronger, better institutions and governance in Afghanistan.
Question:
I am a report for the NHK news agency in Japan, I have a question on the reconciliation talks, where Taliban is demanding that US should release their prisoners from Guantanamo Bay Prison, do you think that it will move for peace process, do you think that the US government should release those prisoners to Qatar, and also Taliban are saying that the dialogue between US and Taliban is suspended because Afghan government is pushing their participation in the dialogue, even at the stage of the confidence building, do you think it is necessary for the afghan government to take part in the dialogue? Thank you
Answer:
Well, just about two weeks ago, there was a dialogue in Kyoto in Dushisha university, all organized by Doshisha University in which representatives of the Taliban, Hezb-e-Islami and the Afghan peace council discussed the issues of Afghanistan and how to reach a peaceful settlement there, which was a very important step, which was the first time that the Taliban senior representative Qari Din Mohammad, announced that they are willing to talk to the afghan government, so that is a positive step taken by Dushisha university, which we hope will move further. On the issue of the release of the Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo, we are fully in support of that, we actually sent a delegation three months ago to Guantanamo prison where Taliban prisoners were interviewed.
We want the release of those Taliban figures and we want them to have the freedom to settle where they want, if they wish to Afghanistan, they are welcome, if they wish to go to Qatar we want them rejoined with their families. As far as the talks are concerned between the Americans and the Taliban, we want a negotiation that will bring a resolution to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and a resolution will not come without talks among afghans first, so we would rather have afghans talk to one another rather than afghans talk to foreigner forces but as the presence of the international community in Afghanistan is a reality, so is the need for them to participate in any peace talks that we may have together. But primarily, it is for us the afghans to get together so that the country sees better days and that all afghans join hands to build Afghanistan a better country.
Question:
Thank you for coming to the press conference Mr. President! At the Kyoto meeting, I had an interview with the representative of the Taliban. He said that about unconsistable? Precondition for peace talk should be the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country, is that acceptable?
Answer:
Well, the foreign troops are leaving the country anyway. We have the transition process, which is in its third stage. By 2013, which is next year, responsibility with be entirely with the Afghan government for the protection of the country, for the safeguarding of borders of the country and by 2014, the international forces will leave Afghanistan completely and the complete withdrawal of the international forces from Afghanistan. Now, the strategic partnership that we have signed with the United States, with Britain, with France, with Germany, with India and Italy and other countries that we are going to sign in the coming days like Turkey and Norway is a different matter.
That is a bilateral issue between Afghanistan and those countries, and it would be bilaterally decided between Afghanistan and for example the United States that whether the US should have bases in Afghanistan and the conditions for that presence and that too is not going to be permanent but it is going to be temporary and at this point for the period of ten years only therefore the presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan is not a question anymore because by 2014, they are leaving completely from Afghanistan.
Question:
In the recent statement, you have called on the coalition forces to retreat to their bases, what would be the connotations for that?
Answer:
Well, the reason for that is that we feel that the presence of foreign troops in afghan villages on occasions where they result to action causes casualty among civilians, it was because of such casualties among afghan civilians that we ask foreign forces to leave the afghan villages and remain more confined within the military bases where they are, so it was more a civilian casualty-related approach.
Question:
From Der Spiegel, my question is concerning a memorandum that was signed yesterday. On the one hand there are enormous pledges of donors for Afghanistan, on the other hand also Afghanistan expressing it strong willingness to start a reform process, you personally said that you would use the next two years intensively to start reform process in the cases of anti corruption and also of better governance, could you lay out, since the time is so short, two years is not a lot of time for this big reforms, do you already have plans and could you give us some ideas on these plans?
Answer:
Well, on the reform of the afghan government institutions, Afghanistan after having gone through almost three decades of war, instability and intervention lost all that it had built in the form of governance, of institutions, of civil services, of the military forces, we began to rebuild all of that: Army is being rebuilt, police is being rebuilt and we are working on this daily on how better to build a civil service for Afghanistan that is apolitical, which is secure, which is at the service of the elected government of the country, to provide them with the job security that they may need for political interference, the next that also includes the capacity building for all institutions in Afghanistan. The next activity is fight against corruption, which Afghanistan has been busy conducting for quite some time now, but in the fight against, it is not only the Afghan government that should work and succeed, we cannot succeed without a dedicated earnest cooperation of our international donors as well.
There are two hands playing with this in Afghanistan so the way assistance is given to Afghanistan, the way it s disbursed inside Afghanistan, the projects for such assistance, the manner of contracting and contracting mechanism, all of those are the issues that we have to address including of course the corruption within the Afghan government and our own system. So to put it in short words on corruption, the two hands must clap, one hand will not deliver.
Question:
Thank you Mr. President, I have two questions, my first question regarding the reconciliation process, since the international community and Pakistan has declared to support the process in Afghanistan, can you elaborate on through which mechanism Pakistan want to support the process and second question, in Tokyo conference the international community helped Afghanistan, Mr. President! What are the guarantees that the aid and the help is spent in the priorities that afghan government has chosen?
Answer:
Well, on the peace process, Pakistan’s cooperation is extremely important, it is one of the most important elements for any peace process to succeed in Afghanistan. Therefore, the contact between Afghanistan and Pakistan has been extensive and continuous on cooperation between the two countries for bringing security to Pakistan and to Afghanistan and bring stability to both countries. Pakistan contribution to peace process in Afghanistan can have many layers, it can have many elements; the most important element would be for Pakistan to arrange where it can a dialogue between the Afghan government and the Taliban representatives who are in Pakistan, who are stationed in Pakistan and plus all other avenues of diplomatic and political arrangements that the two countries can make in this regard.
With regard to donors and their pledges for Afghanistan and how the money that we expect will come be spent on reconstruction, we have 22 national priority programs of which five or six like education, infrastructure meaning roads and dams, water management, railways, energy and mineral resource extraction are among our priorities and we will be working with great emphasis with our donors on spending donor money in areas that have priority for afghan people.
Question:
Could I just follow on the question about anti corruption and two hands needing to clap, could you give us a sense perhaps on both sides on what sort of specific things you expect to see over the couple of years, on the government side, what can you do that you have not been able to do in the past to prevent corruption? On the donor side, what should they be doing? Thank you
Answer:
Well, it is a very broad activity. On the civil service, for example, uniformed salaries is one issue, there are afghans who are also citizens of our countries, who hold American or European passports, when they return, having the same skills as a young afghan may have, the Afghan say gets five hundred dollars as salary per month, but the one with European or American passport gets automatically five, four to three thousand dollars as salary. This brings a disparity, a disparity that leads to frustration and perhaps on occasions to corruption.
The way the contracts are offered, the way all other activities take place, also strengthening of regulations and laws and application of laws equally to all those we find corrupt or the misappropriation of resources, there are some who are perhaps linked in the afghan government to higher places, who should not be immune, there are others who have big contracts with our international partners who earned a lot of money, who through that use of money buy influence in Afghanistan that too should not be the case, so there are a number of areas where we can work on actual cutting of links one way or other, and the improvement of institutions of law enforcement, the judiciary, the attorney general office, that would give us a better day with regard to fight against corruption, so it is a vast area of activity
Question:
You said people however high they are in the government; would you expect to have been stronger in the enforcement of anti corruption rules at the top levels in Afghanistan?
Answer:
It is already happening, those who were involved in the Kabul Bank have been given to the court, whether they prove themselves to have been right in obtaining loans, whether the shareholders were conducting themselves properly, whether the management was good or not, and there are people for example who have been given contracts by some members of the international community as private security firms who are linked to political leaders of Afghanistan, government officials , on this we have worked with US government somehow successfully.
If we go into details, there is plenty that can be corrected that will bring better standards of governance to Afghanistan.
Thank you
 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) In his residence, President Hamid Karzai met today in Tokyo with Haruhiko Kuroda, Chairman of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The President first thanked ADB for its $ 1.2 billion pledge declared in the Tokyo Conference.
Chairman Kuroda said that the assistance of $1.2 billion would be spent on economic infrastructures including agriculture and irrigation, construction and renovation of roads in Afghanistan.
Separately, President Karzai also met today with Ms. Sodaka Ogata, Advisor of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss issues of mutual interest.
In attendance to the meeting also were four Afghan students who are currently majoring in Power Engineering, Communications, Agriculture and Geology in Japan.
The President and Ms. Ogata expressed their happiness over successful conclusion of the Tokyo conference on Afghanistan.
President Karzai said, by hosting the Tokyo Conference, Japan once again attracted the world community to focus on Afghanistan.
The President advised the Afghan students to make capital use of every single moment for their studies, thus reiterating that the future of Afghanistan depends on educated Afghan youth.
The President asked Ms. Ogata to help in providing more educational opportunities in her country for Afghan students so that they could major in various technical fields.
It is to be noted that Japan would provide 500 scholarships in different fields for Afghanistan in the next five years but for the time being, 40 Afghan students are pursuing their higher studies there.
 

Monday, July 09, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Two local commanders Haqani network were arrested in the country today.
The identities of these commanders have not disclosed, were arrested as a result of NATO and Afghan joint operation in Musa Qala district of Helmand province and Maidan Shaher city.
According to NATO press release, these commanders were captured while organizing terrorist attacks.
The arrested commanders are accused of tens terrorist attacks on NATO and Afghan forces.
NATO says during the operation some terrorist rebels were arrested with their weapons.
 

Monday, July 09, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The head of central directorate for statistics, Abdul Rahman Ghafoori said that survey conducted Bamiyan recently was based on social, economic and demography and not on political purpose.
Addressing a press conference yesterday, that 400 employees of the body along with 100 supervisors from the locals after conducting survey counted the Bamiyan population as many as 368,00 people.
He also added any one put the population of Bamiyan more than the figure is not acceptable to the central directorate for statistics.” I am sure that the survey conducted in Bamyan was professional and accurate,” Ghafoori said, adding around 1800 villages and towns have been surveyed even in some places with the support of GPRS.
As an impartial and non political body, the central directorate for statistics had taken into account all necessary standards and mechanism during survey in Bamiyan.
The representative of UNFPA also spoke at the press conference, adding the survey was conducted by professional and trained people in Bamiyan.
However, he stated that any survey and census may have some small mistakes.
Meantime, Hajji Mohammad Mohaqiq the Member of Parliament rejected the survey as biased, saying the Bamiyan population is more than 650.000 people.
 

Monday, July 09, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Karzai met with the Indian Foreign Minister M.S Karishana in Tokyo.
At the meeting that took place in his residence in Tokyo, Japan both sides discussed successful holding of the Tokyo Conference, process of peace and improvement of relations among the countries of the region.
The Indian foreign Minister congratulated President Karzai for successful holding of the Tokyo conference and said that this conference once again proved that Afghanistan has the strongest support of the international community.
President Karzai touching on the successful holding of the Tokyo conference said that in our foreign relations with the world we attained the commitment and support of the world community, now the government of Afghanistan will concentrate on the struggle against corruption, and strengthening of the government foundations and good governance.
The Indian Foreign Minister expressed his country’s continued support for expansion and development of Afghanistan.
He noted that his country is committed towards support of the united and strong Afghanistan.
 

Monday, July 09, 2012
Kabul (BNA) 17 terrorist Taliban were killed, four injured and two captured during the clearing up operations by security forces.
In the last 24 hours, the security forces had conducted 17 joint operations in Kunar, Laghman, Baghlan, Badakhshan, Kandahar, Zabul, Ggazni, Farah and Helmand provinces, in which 17 armed Taliban killed, four injured and two arrested.
Also during the operations 2517 kg narcotics, 24 different types of  weapons, a rocket launcher, 13 heavy weapons, 600 light weapons ballets, 4 mines, 200 kg explosives materials, 4 suicide vests and 12 motorcycles were seized by these forces.