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President Karzai Attends Tokyo Conference II

President Hamid Karzai visited Japan from July 4 to 7, 2006 at the invitation of the Government of Japan to attend the Tokyo Conference II: Consolidation of Peace in Afghanistan on July 5. The Conference followed the Tokyo Conference I in February 2003, and primarily focused on the process of the DDR (disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of the former combatants), which began in October 2003 and completed at the end of July. “Taking the privilege of opening and addressing this important conference, I reiterate the importance of the shared commitment of Afghanistan and our partners from the international community to the security sector reform process, as a strategy to establish and deepen security in our war-torn country.  I also believe it is timely that we review our progress, not only in the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration field, but also other aspects of the security sector, evaluate the present security environment and to explore ways that our remaining and present security challenges could be addressed in an effective manner,” President Karzai stated. Given Japan’s leading role in the DDR process, the Japanese government reviewed achievements of the DDR over the past year, and the Afghan government confirmed its firm commitment to implementing the DIAG (disbandment of the illegal armed groups) process. The President was accompanied by Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor Zalmay Rasul, Minister for Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ehsan Zia, Economy Minister Mir Muhammad Amin Farhang, Deputy Foreign Minister Zalmay Aziz and Deputy Defense Minister Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani.

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