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BSA holds key to independence: activists

BSA holds key to independence: activists

Jan 23, 2014 - 17:20

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Civil societyinfo-icon activists on Thursday claimed the delay in concluding the bilateral security agreement (BSA) with the US had resulted in a 50 percent decline in foreign aid to Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Speaking at a press conference in Kabul, they expressed concerns a prolonged delay in inking the vital deal could destabilise the country and further diminish the international community’s aid and discourage foreign and local investment.

Investment in public and private sectors was crucial to navigating the country from the conflict to the path on achieving self-sufficiency and independence, Ahmad Shah Stanikzai, a civil society activist told the press conference.

“The BSA is part of the strategic agreement and needs to be signed. The delay in inking the agreement will lead the country to instability,” he warned.

He said international aid had already declined by 50 percent and if the pact was delayed further it would spark new crisis in the country.



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