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Monday, January 16, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Spokesperson for the foreign ministry told media over details of economic cooperation conference of Tokyo for Afghanistan. 
Janan Mosazai the spokesperson of the ministry who was briefing the press said that the economic cooperation conference of Tokyo for Afghanistan will be held in July of current year at the foreign ministers levels. 
He added that the conference will discuss two important issues as the extent of international assistance till 2025 for Afghanistan and upgrading the effectiveness of world aid and it’s expending through the Afghan government budget. 
He stressed that the foreign minister of Japan in his visit to Kabul exchanged views in his separate meeting with president Karzai and other high authorities of the country on important and basic issues pertaining to the Tokyo conference. 
At this press conference Janan Mosazai also talked about the fifth round of summit of regional cooperation that is expected to be held on the fifth and sixth of Hamal of 1391 hosted by Tajikistan in Dushanbe city. 
He stressed that this summit will be participated by Presidents of Afghanistan, Tajikistan and issues relating to poverty and security will be taken up. 
According to Mosazai four summits of the regional cooperation were held in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkey.

Monday, January 16, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Ishaq Alleku the attorney general met with Dr. Kamal Hussain and his accompanying delegation while Abdul Wakil Ameni deputy attorney general was also present. 
At the meeting Alleku informed the UN delegation of the developments and progress in ensuring justice and implementation of legality in the past ten years in Afghanistan and thanked the UNDP for its assistance to Afghanistan and to the attorney general office. 
He stressed that justice and security are part of each other while security is more important and we want to implement legality in secure atmosphere. 
However in spite of international communities aid the Afghans still experience problems. 
He asked the UN to continue its aid to the attorney general office. 
Dr. Kamal Hussain, chairman of the UNDP assured Alleku of its continued assistance. 
It should be noted that the UNDP from 2002 to date is engaged in cooperation with the judiciary and judicial systems of Afghanistan.

Monday, January 16, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Prof. Salam Azimi Chief Justice and Acting Chairman of Supreme Court met with Kamal Hussian specialist and legal advisor of the UNDP in New York and discussed joint plans of the Supreme Court and the UN office. 
At the meeting Prof. Azimi initially discussed joint program concluded within the framework of justice at district levels between the supreme court and the UN and called the role of the UN in reconstruction of buildings of the courts at district levels in the country and carrying of training programs aimed at upgrading the professional awareness of judges as positive and asked the delegation to speed up in implementing the programs and render efforts that by understanding the needs of the judiciary especially in physical infrastructures of courts that are mainly needed in districts of the country. 
Dr. Kamal Hussain said at the meeting that their commitment towards strengthening of physical infrastructures of courts at district levels will be continued and they are exerting efforts that in continued contact with the Supreme Court by assessment of physical status of courts meet their needs in terms of court structures.

 

Sunday, 15 January

Pakistan has made overtures to Afghanistan to resume talks over the Taliban which broke down following the assassination of Kabul's chief peace envoy, an official said Sunday.

Relations between the neighbours are often tense and Kabul has accused Pakistan in the past of supporting the Taliban and associated militant groups that are waging a 10-year insurgency in Afghanistan.

Pakistan's support is therefore seen as key to forging peace in the country.

"After Pakistan expressed readiness, the Afghan government has also agreed to resume the talks with Pakistan over the Taliban," Esmael Qasimyar, a senior member of the government-appointed High Peace Council, told media .

Pakistan is accused  of responsibility for the murder of peace envoy Professor  Burhanuddin Rabbani in September and last month the Afghan president said Pakistan was sabotaging all negotiations with the Taliban.

A government official who spoke on condition of anonymity said Pakistan had recently sent a message through the Afghan ambassador to Islamabad saying that "Pakistan is willing to resume contacts and talks with Afghanistan".

He said Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was also planning to visit Afghanistan, but no dates had been set.

Asked for comment, President  Karzai's spokesman Aimal Faizi said: "Pakistan plays a key role in talks because the militants' leadership is believed to be in Pakistan.

"We emphasise on good relations with Pakistan and hope that our relations improve, and we hope with the help of Pakistan our peace talks will resume."

The Taliban, ousted from power by a US-led invasion in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, announced earlier this month that they planned to set up a political office in Qatar ahead of possible talks with the United States

 

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