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Karzai govt. blamed for failing to keep promises

Karzai govt. blamed for failing to keep promises

May 23, 2012 - 20:21

KABULinfo-icon CITY (PANinfo-icon): The Right and Justice Party on Wednesday said though the Chicago Summit outcome could not fully meet expectations of Afghan people, its decisions guaranteed overcoming security concerns after 2014.

The party believed if the government had carefully implemented its commitments made at previous conferences, the Chicago meeting would have yielded more positive results, a senior member and spokesman for the political group told a news conference in Kabul.

Attended by a galaxy of worldinfo-icon leaders, including President Hamid Karzai, the summit in Chicago reiterated plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistaninfo-icon in 2014, with NATOinfo-icon members reaffirming their long-term commitment -- primarily focusing on training, advising and assistance mission.

In a joint declaration, they said: “We agree to work towards establishing a new NATO-led mission. We will ensure that the new mission has a sound legal basis, such as a United Nations Security Council Resolution,”.

“The summit was yet another opportunity to address the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan,” Haq wa Adalat spokesman Hamidullah Farooqi said, adding the commitments guaranteed overcoming security concerns after 2014, when most of foreign troops are scheduled to leave.

Farooqi claimed what overshadowed the summit was the Afghan government's disregard for keeping its promises held out to the international community at previous conferences.

"The Chicago meet did not yield the results expected by the people. The international community is required to make more commitments towards Afghanistan," the former transport and aviation minister said, linking the widespread administrative corruption to the weaknesses of the incumbent regime.  

About Afghan security forces, he said, they lacked the required capacity and should be further equipped and trained. "Unfortunately, the main problems our security forces are facing are not equipment and training, but public support -- something they could not achieve so far."



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