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Monday, November 19, 2012
Kabul (BNA) First vice president Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim received a delegation of elders and religious leaders of Badakhshan province yesterday. 
According to the press office of presidential palace, in the meeting also attended by Badakhshan governor Dr. Shah Waliullah Adeeb, the vice president said the national security forces are well trained and well equipped and can defend the country security after the pullout of foreign forces, saying there is no need to worry after the foreign forces withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The vice president also noted that the people are determined to overcome all the challenges lying ahead and elect the country’s leadership through fair election.
He also called on the elders to pay more attention to the security of the Badakhshan province.  Meantime, in his speech Mufti Qazi Hafizurahman Naqi the head of Badakhshan provincial council assured the support of people of Badakhshan to the government.
However, he briefed the vice president about the problems of Badakhshan province and demanded the government attention for the solution.  For his part, the vice president assured that the government would review the proposal of Badakhshan people.

Monday, November 19, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai met with the people of Badakhshan consulting with them on the future of the country. 
Held at the presidential palace, president Karzai discussed with them at this meeting about the coming elections, peace process, security and consolidation of political stability and strengthening of the security forces and heard the views of the elders of the province on these issues.
The elders and the representatives of Badakhshan emphasized on national unity and raising the combat ability of the security forces. 
They also expressed their disagreement with the formation of the Arbaki (local) police force and instead asked for further expansion of the security forces.
They also shared some of their environmental problems with the president as well.
 

Monday, November 19, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Karzai in continuation of the previous meetings with the officers of the Ministry of Defense, discussed the draft military doctrine of the country. 
Appreciating and supporting the military doctrine prepared by the specialists of the Defense Ministry, called the draft one of the basic needs of the government of Afghanistan and issued instruction to contact with the international partners of Afghanistan in respect to its realization.
Meanwhile, in order to prepare the comprehensive mechanism for maximum use of the USD 4.1 billion commitments of the international community to Afghanistan security sector, the commission composed of the ministers of defense, foreign affairs, finance interior affairs and national security department so that in understanding with the civil representative of NATO in Afghanistan develop comprehensive mechanism and refer its results to the National Security Council.
Meanwhile, the ministry of national defense was assigned so that in order to make positive use of the national army forces of Afghanistan considering the needs of the country bring reduction in the headquarters of the national army and deploy them to the related army corpses.
The meeting also discussed the issue of illegal homes built on the surrounding areas of the Kabul international airport and in order that and is not usurped a commission composed of ministers of interior affairs and director of national security department led by minister of defense of facilitate ensuring the order and report on its execution to the national security council.
The meeting was attended by vice-president, chairmen of the national assembly, national security advisor, and chairman of the commission for regulating security transition, minister of national defense and head of the national security department.
 

Sunday, November 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan and USA have started their negotiations on security co-operations in Kabul aiming to provide a ground for concluding an agreement in that end.
BNA commentator writes in that regard: 
Afghan and American diplomats on Thursday November 15 started the first round of their negotiations on security co operations with great optimism and strong will.
After signing the strategic agreements, the two countries, discuss the ways of security co operations in order to legalize and determine the presence and the security co-operations of America to Afghanistan after 2014.
Eklil Hakimi Afghan ambassador to Washington and the assistant of USA special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan are representing their country in the negotiations.
Diplomats and politicians believe, maintaining national sovereignty, realizing the basic objectives of Afghan people, strengthening Afghan forces, ensuring security across the country are the main objectives of the talks.
The negotiations are starting in a time, while Afghanistan has already signed strategic cooperation agreements with a number of countries, among them USA.
In the agreements the ways of theirs co operations have been describe to Afghanistan, the country which is persistently facing the endless foreign interferences, suffering from insecurities rooted in outsiders’ interferences and its defense system is not in the situation to be compared with the countries of the region. Unfortunately in spite of concluding the strategic agreements, Afghanistan is still an insecure place in the region and has not yet succeeded to use contents of those strategic agreements to its interests.
Now, while, talks on security co operations are underway, our people are emphasizing on this crucial point that the outcome the negotiations should guarantee the maintenance of our national sovereignty and to meet the basic relevant objectives of Afghanistan and not be just on the paper as security co-operations agreement.
The process of negotiations with United States was full of challenges and required a long time, because Islamic Republic of Afghanistan insisted on ending the nightly operations and handing over the responsibility of Bagram prison to Afghan security forces.
Finally the American side answered the Afghans’ demands positively and the presidents of the two countries signed the strategic agreement in Kabul.
Afghan political veterans emphasize that on establishing security co-operations the Afghan government should work patiently and with great care because there are important issues to be considered. In the first step, any agreement between the two countries should be practical and to be carried out in practice and the other party consider itself as a partner of Afghan security issues, in order to remove the concerns of Afghanistan from foreign interferences and aggressions, to end missile and artillery attacks on Afghan border areas and in case of possible continuation of activities of US troops in Afghanistan, the ways of the trial of American troops who violate the norm and standers in this country should be determined, because in the past it has been seen that even some foreign troops have killed Afghan innocent civilians, but the process of the trial of such criminals have never satisfied the families of the victims and the local authorities.
The negotiations on security co operations, should address the above concerns in order to ensure the satisfaction and trust of Afghan people and also, determine the judicial immunity of troops who violate the national and international norms.
In the other hand, Afghanistan is located in specific geographical region, therefore, any contract and treaty should consider a balance on regional demands. This issue is at focus of attention of Afghan authorities, as Mr. Eklil Hakimi the head of Afghan delegation in security cooperation talks made it clear that the security cooperation between Afghanistan and American is not against the third county.
Afghan political circles emphasize that Afghanistan as a country which has been the target of foreign interference for years need a strong supporter. Therefore we hope the current negotiations lead to a signing of a document to ensure the national interests of the two countries and meet the aspirations of Afghan suffering people.   
Khalil Minawi BNA Director