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Afghanistan pledges to fight corruption

12-06-2011 08:00 BJT

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Afghanistan has pledged to step up its fight against corruption in return for international support after foreign forces withdraw in 2014. The promise came at the end of a one-day global conference in the German city of Bonn on Afghanistan’s future. The security situation is the focus of the talks. The attendees have vowed to stand by Afghanistan in the 10 years after NATO’s withdrawal.

The closing communique of the Bonn conference on Afghanistan says substantial progress has been made since the last conference 10 years ago.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during the Afghanistan Conference in Bonn,
western Germany

It includes a commitment from the international community to stand by Afghanistan in the 10 years after Nato’s withdraw - in exchange for good governance. It says Afghanistan’s national security institutions are increasingly able to assume responsibility for a secure and independent Afghanistan.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said: "And today the international community sends a clear message to the people of Afghanistan: we will not abandon you, we stay at your side."

Afghan foreign minister Zalmai Rassoul says "no-one in the international community wants Afghanistan to revert back to its recent dark days." He said: "Today we have heard from our neighbors, partners and friends in our region and the international community a sound commitment of strong support and assistance for Afghanistan during our transformation decade between 2015 and 2024."

The communique stresses that "shortcomings must be addressed". The goal is to create a peaceful Afghanistan "in which international terrorism does not again find sanctuary and that can assume its rightful place among sovereign nations".

About 100 countries and international organizations were represented among the 1-thousand delegates, including some 60 foreign ministers.

But key player and neighbor Pakistan boycotted the talks.

Islamabad has been angered by a NATO air attack on a border checkpoint last month that killed 24 of its soldiers.

Foreign Ministers from 90 countries line up for a family picture with front (L-R) EU
representative for foreign affairs Catherine Ashton, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Afghan
President Hamid Karzai, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle at the
International Afghanistan Conference in Bonn, December 5, 2011.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai (bottom R) sits near US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton (up C) during the Afghanistan Conference in Bonn, western Germany.

Members of the Afghan delegation listen to a speech during the Afghanistan Conference
in Bonn, western Germany.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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