International Donors Back Karzai Plans for Security, Greater Afghan Control over Aid
Karzai calls for Afghan security control by 2014
President Karzai has opened an international conference in Kabul to renew his call for Afghanistan to control its own security.
The Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, has called for the country to control its own security by the year 2014, in Afghanistans largest aid meeting for three decades.
Karzai addressed representatives from 70 states at the international conference in Kabul, calling for Afghan security forces to begin taking security responsibility this year and aim to take the lead in all provinces by the end of 2014.
Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) should lead and conduct military operations in all provinces by the end of 2014, the statement read.
The Afghan government and NATO-led forces will examine conditions with a view to launching the security transition by the end of 2010.
The communiqué also backed the Presidents target for the international community to channel at least 50% of foreign aid money through the Afghan government. At present, only 20% of international aid is distributed via the Afghan government.
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