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Corruption still hampering peace efforts: UNAMA

Corruption still hampering peace efforts: UNAMA

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May 20, 2019 - 13:25

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Corruption continues to affect all aspects of life in Afghanistaninfo-icon, eroding public confidence in government institutions and hindering efforts for peace and prosperity, the UN said on Monday.

In a new report released today, the worldinfo-icon body called for continued focus on building on the progress made in implementing Afghanistan’s anti-corruption strategy.

“Fighting corruption remains a truly fundamental necessity in Afghanistan,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN secretary-general’s special representative for Afghanistan.

“The UN welcomes the progress Afghanistan has made, but all Afghan institutions, along with every segment of societyinfo-icon, must persevere in their efforts to advance integrity, accountability and transparency in the country.”

Titled Afghanistan’s Fight against Corruption: Groundwork for Peace and Prosperity, the report says corruption remained a substantial obstacle to Afghanistan’s long-term peace and prosperity.

A key recommendation is for Afghanistan to develop a long-term strategy to build on the gains of past reform efforts and leverage the growing public will to fight corruption.

“The UN appreciates the government trying to set up many institutional reform meas ures this year and last, and we encourage pursuing further reform,” said Yamamoto. “The upcoming elections are a test case for implementing lessons learned.”

The UN reaffirmed its commitment to supporting Afghanistan in further implementing its obligations under the UN Convention against Corruption, which Afghanistan ratified in 2008.

The United Nations Convention against Corruption is the only legally binding universal anti-corruption instrument.

“Corruption undermines rule of law and opens the door to more crime, creating a vicious cycle that fosters a culture of impunity,” said the envoy, who is also head of UNAMA.

“Even more importantly, corruption puts at risk prospects for peace, as a negotiated settlement for Afghanistan’s future must be based on integrity and justice.”

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