Civil society wants use of aid monitored
TOKYO (PAN): Afghan civil society representatives, who met US Foreign Secretary Hillary Clinton on the sidelines of the Tokyo Conference, on Sunday called for trilateral monitoring of the aid pledged at the international gathering.
A spokesman for the Afghan civil society groups taking part in the conference, Hayatullah Hayat, said they had told Clinton that a joint network of Afghan government, the international community and Afghan civil society be created to monitor foreign aid.
He said the peace process and the war against terrorism in Afghanistan needed regional support, asking the global community to pressure the Kabul administration to restart the long-delayed transition of justice process aimed at bringing war criminals to justice.
Hayat added they had urged Clinton to ask the international community to pressure Pakistan and Iran to treat Afghan refugees in accordance with international laws and conventions.
Another civil society representative, Samira Hamidi, said most Afghans were unable to comprehend the magnitude of the peace process as they lack awareness.
She said if the Afghan government wanted to win public support, it should provide information to people about the reconciliation plan, complaining Afghan women had totally been ignored to have their say in securing peace.
Hamidi also said there was a great need for homework and efforts to ensure the upcoming elections were held in a transparent manner. “We don’t have enough time to go for next elections, which need more attention,” she opined.
Thirty civil society representatives, half of them women, were present at the meeting with Clinton, who said it was necessary to listen to Afghan people’s wishes along with their government.
Clinton said the US was committed to continue its support for Afghanistan, arguing the recent strategic partnership accord between the two countries was an evidence of their commitment.
“We want a strong role of the media which could hold the Afghan government accountable,” Clinton said. She said they were supportive of free and transparent upcoming presidential and provincial council elections in Afghanistan, adding the Afghan-led process did not mean that only the government should be heard.
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