April 21, 2014

NATO concerned over growing corruption in Afghanistan

By Sajad - Thu Dec 06 2012, 9:38 am

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Wednesday expressed concerns regarding corruption in Afghanistan and urged the Afghan government take necessary measures in this regard.

Afghan foreign minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul on Wednesday also pointed towards growing corruption in Afghanistan after Transparency International based in Berlin issued its report.

Transparency International in its report said that Afghanistan was among the 3 nations which is mostly corrupt.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said, “Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul has pointed towards the corruption issues himself and has emphasized that anti-corruption fight is one of the vital programs for the Afgahn government. I praise the comments since corruption is the main reason which ruins the investment and all the economical acitivites.”

Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul who attended the NATO summit in Brussels vowed that the Afghan government remains committed to prevent corruption in Afghanistan.

In the meantime NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says statistics presented during the briefing “clearly prove” NATO’s strategy is on track to hand over full security responsibility to Afghan forces in two years.

He said the briefing from U.S. Marine Corps General John Allen indicates there has been a “significant decrease” in violence in parts of Afghanistan that have already been handed over to Afghan forces, which include areas where 70 percent of the Afghan people live.

“It proves that we are pursuing the right strategy,” said Rasmussen. “We hand over in a gradual process lead responsibility to the Afghans. The Afghan security forces are quite capable to take on that responsibility.”

The secretary general’s optimistic comments came even though officials acknowledge that Taliban insurgents remain capable of launching significant attacks, and NATO plans to keep a significant number of combat troops in Afghanistan as the transition to Afghan control continues. NATO plans to move to an advise-and-train mission at the end of 2014.

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