Civilian casualties: International groups asked to coordinate reports
KABUL (Pajhwok): A meeting of the Joint Board on Prevention of Civilian Casualties on Monday asked local and international organizations to coordinate their reports about civilian casualties with Afghan security organs.
A statement from the National Security Council to Pajhwok Afghan News said the periodically held meeting of the join board was presided over by first deputy to National Security Advisor Mohammad Suleman Kakar.
The meeting evaluated operations and activities of Afghan security and defence Forces during the past three months.
It discussed implementation plan for the national policy on civilian casualties’ prevention and reduction, factors behind civilian casualties and practical ways to prevent such casualties, the statement said.
The meeting decided that international organizations were required to coordinate their findings about civilian casualties with Afghan security forces for evaluation and give them sufficient time for assessment.
The meeting also stressed coordination between international and national organizations compiling reports on civilian casualties and the Afghan security and defence forces.
The board decided that the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), the International Committee of the Red Cross and other such major organizations should help the Afghan government reduce civilian casualties by building capacity of security forces.
The meeting also emphasized the need for a review of security forces’ education, curriculum, procedures and rules.
The meeting was attended by officials from Afghanistan Security and Defence Forces officials, NATO Resolute Support forces, UNAMA, ICRC, the Independent Human Rights Commission and some civil society activists.
The statement said the board has been established in compliance with a presidential order and it would hold meetings after every three months.
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