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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A number of elders, ulema and influential figures of the southern Helmand province discussed their environmental problems in a meeting with the second vice president, Mohammad Kairm Khalili, the presidential press office said. 
The elders of the province expressed their complaints over the usurpation the public and private lands and increasing corruption in the province to the vice president as saying they had referred to different resources, with yet to be heard of them and tackle the problems. 
They also said the media are being censored and insecurity increased as well as no adequate attention is paid to the education affairs in the province.
A few number of up to 250 schools are active in the province, the elders complained.
The vice president pledged to remove the problems of the province and assured them to discuss their problems with the president to take decision for their removal. 
The second vice president also assured the government would try its best to eliminate the corruption in the province and called the government official as the service providers for the people. 
Calling the role of the religious ulema as too effective in opening the schools, Khalili urged the elders not to hesitate to work for further development of education in the province.
 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Deputy Foreign Minister, Jawed Ludin met with Dr. Alexandar Vondra Minister of Defense of the Czech Republic yesterday morning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ludin expressed appreciation for the Czech Republic’s support and assistance to the people of Afghanistan during the past ten years. “We are keen to further enhance and deepen the bilateral cooperation between Afghanistan and the Czech Republic in different areas.”
Mr. Vondra expressed appreciation for the warm hospitality of Afghan authorities and emphasized the continued cooperation between the two countries. “The Czech forces will be present in Afghanistan until 2014 and will continue cooperating with the Afghan Government in the areas of training and equipping the country’s security forces,” Dr. Vondra said.
Currently, 720 Czech soldiers are engaged in peace and security efforts in Afghanistan.
The Czech-run Provincial Reconstruction Team is based in Logar. The team will remain in the province until 2014 to complete ongoing and other the reconstruction projects.
Czech Republic has also helped Afghanistan in the areas of public health, cultural and scientific cooperation and transportation.
The first friendship treaty between the two countries was signed in 1937 in Paris.
 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai met on Tuesday in Kabul with Yury Fedotov, UN Undersecretary General and the Executive Director for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) to discuss a number of issues related to the efforts required for an effective anti-drug fight.
President Karzai first heard a report presented by the UNODC on the situation and appreciated the office for its cooperation in the fight against production and trafficking of narcotics calling it “essential for an effective result”.
Pointing to the tremendous harm and damage that narcotics has inflicted upon Afghanistan and its identity, the President said that Afghans get the blame while others get the benefit.
The President stressed that drug trafficking and international terrorism were inextricably linked and that most of those involved in the trafficking business are not Afghans.
President Karzai emphasized that the political will to combat the scourge was there, but urged that it was not possible for one country to fight the menace on its own.
He, therefore, stressed that a strong international and concerted effort was important in effectively containing the issue by strengthening Afghan economy so that farmers are not forced into drugs cultivation.
On the reduction in production scale in Afghanistan, the President said the cultivation of drug has seen a dramatic drop in areas under full government control, while in areas with relatively poor government’s writ and with anti-government activity present, the opium still exists.
UNODC Chief reaffirmed his organization’s continued commitment and welcomed the government’s current anti-narcotics strategy as the right one and hoped it can deliver desirable results.
 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Academy of the Organization of security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Bishkek signed an agreement, regarding internship of the academy’s graduates, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The agreement was signed by Abdul Hai Haidar and Dr. Maxim Ryabkov, Director of OSCE Academy.
The said academy organized the Junior Public Officer Program in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan which commences in 2011.

Under the said agreement OSCE Academy provides the opportunity of internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for one graduate who is an Afghan citizen and has successfully completed the program.