EU extends Afghan police mission until 2016 end
KABUL (Pajhwok): The European Union (EU) on Thursday extended its police mission in Afghanistan until the end of 2016 aiming to continue helping the Afghan authorities to further develop their civilian policing capacities.
To the effect, an agreement was signed between Pia Stjernvall, the head of the EU Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL), and Afghan Minister of Interior Noorul Haq Ulumi in Kabul.
Ulumi told reporters the EUPOL had been assisting Afghanistan since 2007 in professionalising its police and improving their coordination with judicial authorities.
Under the new agreement, he said, the EU would continue the civilian mission until the end of 2016.
For her part, Stjernvall said the EU had been assisting Afghan police for the last nine years in order to become professional in their behavior with people.
“The basic aim of our assistance is that police deal with civilians in a professional manner,” she said, adding that the EU had been trying to develop close liaison between Afghan police and the judiciary.
About new operations against insurgents and the Taliban’s announcement of starting their spring offensive from Friday, the interior minister said Afghan forces’ capabilities, equipment and military tactics far exceeded when compared to those of the insurgents.
The Taliban on Wednesday announced launching their annual spring offensive codenamed “Azm” (determination) from Friday (tomorrow).
Ulumi said everyone killing Afghan security forces and civilians would not be spared. “I have told the police that individuals who do not recognise the country’s laws and threaten the country’s stability, all resources be used against them.”
To a question, the interior minister said there were no spies in ranks of Afghan security forces and even if a minor example of espionage was reported, it would follow a legal action.
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