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President Karzai Chairs Meeting on Insecurity
Office of the Spokesman to the President


Arg, Kabul - H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, summoned at the Presidential Palace today the second meeting of the Policy Action Group, a special committee consisted of various ministers and officials from the government of Afghanistan and representatives from UNAMA, Coalition Forces, NATO and some NATO member countries. The groups’ first meeting was held two weeks ago on 24 June in which the President directed an urgent assessment of the security situation and the establishing of a joint process between the Afghan Government and the international community designed to address the country’s most urgent security and reconstruction issues.

The President was informed that over the past two weeks the Afghan Government and the international community had held several intensive meetings both separately and jointly in which an assessment of the security situation was undertaken and a joint paper produced on factors behind the current insecurity.

During the meeting, Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak, the Minister of Defense of Afghanistan and Mr. Tom Koenigs, the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN for Afghanistan, gave a detailed briefing on the committee’s work. This assessment identified principal elements of the current insecurity, which continues to feature regular acts of terrorism. These acts are perpetrated by a variety of groups including those linked to international terrorist networks, fighters recruited from outside of Afghanistan and the opium industry which provides additional support to these groups.

Based on this assessment the President approved a set of recommendations for immediate action. These included measures that the Government of Afghanistan and its partners from the international community must implement on an urgent basis in the following five areas:

· External Factors / Diplomacy

· Governance

· Security

· Economic Development

· Public Outreach

It was agreed that a process led by the President would be established through which the committee will provide advice and guidance on policy and strategic issues, while overseeing an implementation team that will take activities forward. There would be a regular process of meetings and reporting back to the President.

The President commended the work of the committee and gave advice on how the process should be further improved. He emphasized strengthening community level engagement and supporting traditional community leadership. He also stressed that government institutions at provincial and district level would continue to be strengthened, and government officials directed to show greater responsiveness to community needs.

The President instructed the committee to work on a detailed implementation plan. He welcomed the fact that urgency was reflected in the work of the committee and that the committee had conducted its work in a united and effective manner.

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