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Afghans are Ready for the First Stage of Transition

July 3, 2011

“The responsibility of Afghanistan belongs to Afghans and we have to take this responsibility in a very united manner and we have to have a very organized system,”

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Transition Coordination Commission closed out a two-day conference June 30 at the Government Media and Information Center in downtown Kabul solidifying details related to the transition process set to begin mid-July writes Sgt Michael O’Connor on the ISAF in Afghanistan website.

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Transition Coordination Commission. Photo: via ISAF

Key Afghan government officials and the international community at various levels of civil and military government and the private sector attended the conference which focused on painting a realistic picture about the current status of security, governance, development, justice and the rule of law.

“I am very proud of our security ministers and governors,” said Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, chairman of transition coordination commission at the GMIC press conference which followed the meetings. “There is a full agreement on this. In the coming 12 days, these plans will be finalized and implemented. I want to thank the private sector, the international community and the women union representatives for their involvement.”

During the conference, governors were afforded the opportunity to share their views and present their assessments on how security and transition is progressing on behalf of their respective provinces and discuss any challenges they have. The conference format provided answers to problems and clarity to the international community and the Afghan government.

Minister of Defense Abdul Rahim Wardak said the threat level has been reduced in the seven provinces and cities chosen to start the transition process and the conditions are appropriate for Afghan security forces to take the reins from the foreign forces they’ve been partnering with thus far.

To read the rest of this story on the ISAF in Afghanistan website, click HERE, or on the image above.

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