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Thursday, October 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The first Summit of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) which commenced in Kuwait on Tuesday, congratulated and welcomed the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as a new member of the Forum.
President Hamid Karzai thanked His Highness the Amir of Kuwait and all ACD member states on their constant support for Afghanistan to become a member of the ACD Forum.
The President said, “Afghanistan believes that it was an excellent initiative by the Kingdom of Thailand to launch in 2002 the Asian Cooperation Dialogue, as a continental forum for integrating all aspects of Asia’s strengths and transforming the vast continent into a desirable unified community.”
President Karzai applauded the proposal by His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al-Jaber Al Sabah, the Amir of the State of Kuwait, to establish the ACD Trust Fund of 2 billion $ for the development efforts in the least developed Asian countries and his announcement to contribute 300 million dollars towards the target amount of 2 billion USD.
The President hoped that other member states would also generously contribute to the Trust Fund for the good of the entire continent.
President Karzai noted, Afghanistan respects the core principles of the ACD, namely positive thinking; informality; voluntarism; openness and respect for diversity.
The President said, “We believe that ACD provides a unique opportunity to discuss and engage in sincere and result-oriented dialogue with a view to addressing the peace, security and development challenges that confront us all in different ways. This Forum can enable us to further strengthen peaceful co-existence among cultures and civilizations in our continent.”
The President added, “I am fully confident that our membership in this very important Asian Cooperation Dialogue will further provide the opportunity to better strengthen our regional cooperation for the well being of our continent and beyond.”
At the summit, leaders of the ACD member states congratulated President Karzai on membership of Afghanistan to the ACD and described its affiliation with the Forum as beneficial.
Currently, 32 Asian countries are members to the ACD and Afghanistan has joined the Forum now.
Key objectives of the ACD are to broaden economic and cultural cooperation among Asian countries; improve people’s lives; fight poverty and terrorism; manage natural disasters and to promote agriculture, tourism, transportation, technology and human resources.
 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم


Thursday, October, 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA)
Your Excellency President Ilham Heydar Oglu Aliyev,
Excellencies Heads of state and governments,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to address the 12th Summit Meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in the beautiful city of Baku. I would like to thank Turkey, particularly my brother, H.E. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
for the effective chairmanship of the ECO summit in the past two years.
At the outset, allow me to congratulate my brother, H.E. President Ilham Aliyev on his election as the Chairman of the summit and to express my gratitude and that of my delegation to the people of Azerbaijan for the warm and generous hospitality extended to us.
Also, I thank the Secretariat of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and its working groups for their hard work in preparing the required documents and proposals that have facilitated the discussions among the member states.
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen!
Historically, geographically as well as culturally, Afghanistan remains an inseparable member of the two regions, Central Asia and the South Asia. With the peoples of the ECO member states, we enjoy strong and deep historical and cultural ties. In other words, together, we have inherited a great culture and civilization that remain as shared values to bond us perpetually.
I firmly believe that the region to which ECO member states belong is home to rich and ample resources and available opportunities that if used properly, can overcome most of the current problems. Our region has the potential to turn into a hub of inclusive cooperation and integration. The young, dynamic and hard working population, plus the abundance in natural resources have provided the potential for some countries to progress. However, the current trend of globalization makes it even more compelling that we take regional integration to its optimal level.
Building and strengthening regional cooperation remains among the top priorities of our foreign policies. The conferences held in Kabul, New Delhi, Islamabad, Istanbul, Dushanbe and the more recently in Istanbul and Kabul under “Heart of Asia”, demonstrate Afghanistan’s resolute determination to pursue stronger regional cooperation.
I believe implementing regional economic and transit projects can be the most practical measures to achieve regional integration. It was in line with this vision that the RECCA-V held this March in Dushanbe discussed 17 projects and priorities for stronger regional cooperation. To achieve the goals of inter-regional and international trade growth, Afghanistan and its neighbors will make every effort to implement transit infrastructures such as roads and railroads, and to provide a conducive mutual environment for increased investment, stronger trade and expanded communications to the regional water ports and to enhance stronger cultural and people-to people contacts.
To promote and facilitate stronger regional cooperation, Afghanistan is working with all relevant countries to finalize major regional projects such as TAPI gaz pipeline and the CASA-1000 energy projects.
Furthermore, Afghanistan is making all efforts to realize the land connectivity projects that link east to west of the country and to further extend the existing roads. The railway from Uzbekistan to Hiratan – Mazar-e-Sharif is currently in use. Afghanistan is working to extend the Herat railway that connects west and north-east of the country to Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and to Pakistan via Kandahar through the Chaman border in the south..
Given the fact that the volume of investment in the ECO region is still much lower than the needs and the available potential, Afghanistan believes that the ECO Member countries need to intensify their actions to promote mutual investment and increased private sector development through the ECO Trade and Development Bank.
Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen!
I believe, the ECO member countries are facing common threats and problems, on top of which lies terrorism. The vile attempt on the life of Malala Yousufzai is one of thousands of examples that clearly shows no one can be safe from the threat of terrorism. This menace has no mercy even on our children and their quest for education. As an obvious act of terror, this ruthless attack can be a serious warning to all of us. Let’s be honest in acknowledging that terrorism enjoys safe havens and facilities in our region and can not be defeated without sincere and joint effort by all of us. In addition to the terrorist groups active in Afghanistan, the international terrorist organizations such as Alqaeda, Uzbekistan Islamic Movement (UIM), Tahreek Taliban of Pakistan (TTP), the East Turkistan Movement and Chechen terrorists have presence in our region, and have been receiving training to carry out destructive acts for several years now.
With countless sacrifices, Afghan forces have also been confronting terrorists that are intent upon using our territory to cross into some of the Central Asian States and even Russia and China. These groups, while trying to encroach on our neighboring countries, have attacked Afghan forces, our political leaders, our scholars and civilians, and have acted to destroy our schools, public and private property.
Afghanistan has done everything in its power to prevent such attempts. Our neighbors should recognize and respect our sacrifices especially in fighting the central Asian extremists. Meanwhile, it is also legitimate to expect our neighbors to contain, on their part, the entry of terrorists into our soil and commit all resources to dismantling the terrorists’ training and equipping facilities on their soil. Afghanistan expects an earnest cooperation in this regard.
Ladies and Gentlemen!
Narcotics and organized crimes are among the major problems our region is facing. It would be very naive to see this issue as restricted to one country. Afghan farmers are at the receiving end of the illicit business. Afghans are paying the price by suffering immense sacrifices in the counternarcotics war and their legitimate economy is enduring a great deal of damage. However, the real profits go to the international smuggling networks and their supporters. The narcotics issue is a complex international problem. It is a problem that includes the whole criminal chain of cultivation, production and supply for consumption in markets. Therefore, it is imperative that we enhance cooperation on sharing intelligence, coordinating counter narcotics actions on borders and the supply issue of chemical precursors originating from outside Afghanistan. This is the only way to effectively combat this scourge.
Ladies and Gentlemen, distinguished colleagues,
Since 2002, Afghanistan has opened a new chapter in its political life. Today more than ever before, our national institutions have gained the ability to serve our people and protect the country. The considerable progress that we have achieved in promoting democracy, public participation in political processes and in economic and social development has benefited all our people.
Therefore, it is an integral part of our political life to protect a legitimate political system created by the free will of its people. With the departure in 2014 of foreign troops from Afghanistan, not only would nothing unpredictable take place, but also the security would be better than today, with government and state institutions stronger and more capable. Today, security has improved considerably in the areas where responsibility has been transitioned to the Afghan government.
We hope our borders to be the borders of peace and cooperation, and our country restores its historical role to serve as a land-bridge connecting Central to South Asia and China to the Middle East. The realization of this hope goes in concert with the strategic goals of the ECO organization and I believe every member state agrees with me.
Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen!
In conclusion, let me once again reaffirm Afghanistan’s commitment to a stronger and more enhanced cooperation within the ECO framework. I wish you all health and prosperity.
Thank you very much
 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The UN special envoy for Afghanistan has recently announced that he wanted to launch talks between all political parties including armed opposition of the country.
BNA political analyst writes: 
The UN special envoy has recently told western media that he has decided conducting a program, bring together all Afghan political forces involved in Afghan affairs in an inter Afghan dialogue.
This UN senior diplomat made it clear that this is a time, the UN as an impartial and accepted organization to provide an opportunity for Afghans to start dialogue under the umbrella of that international organization. All Afghan political and armed oppositions will attend the talks. But the talks won’t be peace talks because peace talks are conducted by Afghans themselves. The aim of the talks conducted by UN envoy is trust building and solving the crisis.
What has been said by the UN special envoy will be faced with a positive reaction of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan under the leadership of Hamid Karzai because Afghanistan welcomes any move that could lead to peace and stability in the country. But it should be mentioned that any talks on Afghan issues should be managed and administered by Afghans because observing this principle makes easier the way of getting peace.
Afghan experts believe that the international organizations and the countries which consider themselves committed to the  settling of Afghan crisis should know that just encouraging to holding talks and attending meetings are nor the ways of solving the problem because they should also focus on foreign factors of the crisis which are of great importance and are more effective.
Since many years, the Afghan authorities via various means have tried to conduct inter Afghan dialogue in order to restore peace and stability in to the country. The process had some success but other times due to the foreign interferences have failed. Even some members of the leadership of armed oppositions for ensuring peace and stability in their country believed to negotiations and dialogue were imprisoned outside the country and a number of them mysteriously lost their lives in prisons outside the country.
Considering the above factors, until the roots of the crisis have not been cut, in outside the country and the leadership of armed oppositions has not been rescued from the influence of the foreigners, it would be difficult to expect positive result from the negotiations. Since, the leadership of armed oppositions lives on other side of border and receives instructions from foreign intelligence service have rejected the request of Afghan leadership and the council of peace. Without doubt they cannot make decision independently.
In the other hand, the regional developments and the big politics of powerful countries in the region has further deepened the crisis in Afghanistan and change the country in to their battle field.
So in order to bring out Afghanistan from the crisis and to end bloodshed in this part of the world and curb the separation of extremism and terrorism, all peace loving people should find the way of rooting out the crisis in its original place on the other side of the border of Afghanistan, after that efforts for ensuring peace and stability via negotiation will bring positive results.  Certainly, the UN enjoys the capability to work in this end.
It is clear that if the foreign interferences be stopped, the Afghans can settle their problem easily because they have the same objective that is preserving Afghanistan together with their nation identity and history. 
BNA Director Khalil Minawi
 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Jawed Ludeen Deputy Minister for Political Affairs of Foreign Ministry and Mrs. Barones Sayeeda Warsi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Britain explained on the work of the commission to the media.
Jawed Ludeen talking on the Afghan-British relations and cooperation in the past one decade in security, economy and other spheres with Afghanistan said that at the meeting of the commission issues pertaining to achieving of better cooperation of Britain with Afghanistan and the most effective ways for continued cooperation between the two nations in needed areas were specified.
He added that the joint cooperation commission between two countries has been formed for positive and effective implementation of bilateral cooperation and its first meeting was held at the ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ludeen added that Afghanistan is utilizing of every opportunities for further deepening of every opportunities for deepening of relations with Britain.
The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Britain emphasizing on the continuation of her country’s cooperation in different spheres with Afghanistan reiterated that after the British military mission ends in Afghanistan Britain will continue its assistance in training of Afghan soldiers and in attraction of capital investments in Afghanistan.