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    High-level meeting discusses security situation

    KABUL (PAN): Chaired by President Hamid Karzai, a National Security Council (NSC) meeting on Sunday discussed the overall security situation in the country.

    The two vice-presidents, the senior minister, national security advisor and other officials attended the meeting, a statement from the Presidential Palace said.

    Mines Minister Wahidullah Shahrani presented a report to participants on security problems in implementation of key mining and gas projects, the statement added.

    The report says some government officials misuse their authority and interfere in project affairs for petty personal interests through their gunmen.

    After listening to the report, the participants directed security officials to protect the mines, help ensure an enabling extraction environment and prevent interference from ‘irresponsible individuals and government officials’.

    The foreign ministry was tasked with conveying the NSC decision regarding a ban on vehicles with tainted glasses to NATO, ISAF and diplomatic missions. The council asked the Ministry of Finance to prevent of the import of vehicles with tainted glasses.

    The interior ministry was directed to step up efforts at disarming irresponsible gunemen across the country and present a report to the National Security Council in this regard.

    mm/mud