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Monday, June 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Sunday said after consultation with stakeholders it had decided to recommend four key proposals for inclusion in a draft electoral law.
A statement from the IEC secretariat said a working group had come up with suggested amendments to the draft.
“The suggestions include structural and procedural changes focusing on four main areas.”
They include the IEC authority as envisioned in the constitution, technical and operational changes to improve electoral administration, changes in the system and establishment of a legal mechanism to adjudicate on complaints and challenges.
Before finalizing the proposals, IEC consulted various electoral stakeholders, including political parties, observer organizations, civil society, academic, scientific institutions and relevant agencies.
Besides, a one day regional consultation session was held in Kabul, Balkh, Kunduz, Bamyan, Nangarhar and Paktia provinces.
The commission will forward the proposals to the ministry of justices for further action.
 

Monday, June 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai the National Committee held a meeting in the presidential palace Sunday discussing security of the mines projects across the country, his office said.
The meeting also focused on the proposals of the Chinese petroleum company’s head that had been discussed alongside the Shanghai Summit in Beijing asking for taking security Amu River projects for extraction of petroleum, the statement said.
The meeting obliged the ministry of interior to deploy full equipped and well trained 300 security troops across the Amu Darya to take security for extraction projects of the petroleum in cooperation with the ministry of mines and increase the number to 450 troops after the end of the first six months the ongoing year if needed.
Both the ministry of interior affairs and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) had been instructed by the committee to strongly conduct against any attempt in destruction of the mines as the project can play an effective role in self-sufficiency of the country in different parts based on the requirements of the ministry of mines.
The meeting also focused on the Kuran-wa-Munajan district’sAzure mine which is right now illegally being excavated by irresponsible individuals and decided that the ministry of mines should put it to bidding in order to legally be exploited.
 

Sunday, June 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The delegation assigned by the presidential office for addressing the existing problems in Behsud of Maidan-Wardak presented its report to Mohammad Karim Khalili second vice-president. 
The members of the commission in its meeting with Khalili said that the Taliban and terrorist groups are behind the insecurity in Behsud of Maidan-Wardk who by outside support and misuse of the name of Kuchis are trying to create insecurity in that area. 
According to the report the security forces have been deployed in the area and they are trying to ensure security there. 
They added that the delegation assigned for supervision of the security forces activities and devaluation of the extent of losses is present in that area as well. 
They viewed that the basic way for solution of the problem is resettlement of the Kuchis., they are prepared for this and their problems should be resolved on the basis of the provision of the Constitution and presidential decree. 
At the meeting the head of administration affairs of the Council of Ministers was also present. 
Khalili appreciated the efforts of the assigned delegation and emphasized on immediate release of the prisoners and they should be delivered to the government delegation. 
Touching on the delicate situation in Afghanistan he viewed that Taliban and other terrorist groups who are supported by outside should not be allowed to misuse the name of the Kuchis and create insecurity there. 
He stressed that the political groups of the country are using this opportunity to their own interests. 
He emphasized on the settlement of the Kuchis that is the want of the people of the area and the Kuchis and the government is duty bound to resolve their settlement on the basis of the Constitution and the presidential decree.

Sunday, June 10, 2012
Beijing (BNA) Chinese president Hu Jintao told his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai on Friday that China will provide “sincere and selfless help” to Afghanistan, as he welcome the country to become an observer at security bloc anchored by Beijing and Moscow. 
“At present Afghanistan has entered into a critical transition period. 
China is a trustworthy neighbor and friend of Afghanistan,” Hu told president Karzai in central Beijing’s cavernous Great Hall of the people. 
“Both now and in the future China will continue to stay firmly committed to our policy of developing friendly relations with Afghanistan and will continue to provide sincere and selfless help to the Afghanistan side.” 
He congratulated president Karzai on Afghanistan becoming an observer member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which held its summit this week. 
He called president Karzai an old friend of China, according to a pool report. 
“In the past 10 years, very fortunately, our relations have grown in a very positive way. 
Relations have broadened and depended,” Karzai said in return. The future of Afghanistan, struggling to end an insurgency by Taliban militant’s despite the presence of US-led international forces for more than a decade, was one of the main issues at the two-day summit. 
Hu told Chinese state media this week that the bloc bringing together China, Russia and central Asian states wanted to play a bigger role in Afghanistan. 
A senior Russian official, however, ruled out any military involvement by member countries, despite fears instability will spread across the region as most foreign combat troops leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014. 
The SCO, founded in 2001, includes China Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. 
Iran, India, Pakistan and others attend the summits, but not as full members. All have an interest in Afghanistan’s future. 
As an observer, Afghanistan can attend SCO meetings but not vote.  China has said it would increase cooperation with Afghanistan over resource development, infrastructure, energy and training. 
But Beijing will remain cautious, egging rather than rushing towards any bigger presence on concern about security troubles without the lure of major energy resources, Chinese experts say. 
US official and legislators have said China could play a bigger reconstruction role through aid and investment. 
Afghanistan’s neighbors, including Iran and Pakistan, as well as nearby India and Russia, have jostled for influence in the country. 
The competition could well heat up after 2014.  India has poured aid into Afghanistan and, like China, has invested in its mineral sector. But China’s trade with Afghanistan is small. 
In 2011, two way trades totaled $34.4 million, a rise of 31 percent on the previous year. 
Chinese imports from Afghanistan were worth just $4.4 million, according to Chinese customs data.