Need be which one of the fallowing countries is a good partner for Afghanistan?
Traditional Loya Jirga- Advisory Declaration
16-19 November 2011
Loya Jirga Convention Hall
Kabul - Afghanistan
Afghanistan is the cradle of Jirgas; Jirgas at different historical epoch of times have played a crucial and decisive role for the people of Afghanistan.
Peace is a sacred goal and a basic need for our people and the rest of the world. We, the people of Afghanistan believe that securing peace, enduring stability and developing Afghanistan can be only achieved through mutual understanding and acceptance of each other.
On the other hand, we are also aware of the fact that bringing peace needs constant struggle to combat factors such as terrorism which challenges stability and peace. Similarly, building infrastructure, rule of law and economical and social development require continuous efforts.
In this regard, Afghanistan needs joint efforts – regional and international collaboration in different sectors. To mention we can refer to some of the strategic cooperation such as: the strategic partnership agreement between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Indian Republic which already has been endorsed, NATO long term commitment, European Union strategic relations agreement on economic cooperation, strategic cooperation agreement with France, declaration of long-term strategic partnership with the Royal British Government and negotiations for proclaiming a strategic cooperation document with Australia.
In order to get the opinion of the people, understanding peoples’ demands towards ratifying the strategic cooperation with different countries, especially the strategic cooperation with the United States of America and agreement on an efficient and accepted mechanism for peace process and talks with the armed oppositions, the Traditional Loya Jirga was invited in Kabul city. The Traditional Loya Jirga which started on 16th of November and ended on the 19th of November 2011, is one of the major Jirgas throughout the contemporary history of the country, where more than two thousand people from different layers of the society participated in sixteen categories and after a thorough dialogue and deliberation in forty working committees on the issues under discussions in the Jirga, the Jirga members, with a general consensus, have approved the following advisory declaration:
In the political sphere:
With the emphasis on the needs to preserve the achievements of the past ten years, respect the Afghanistan constitution, women rights, freedom of speech, and by taking into consideration the prevailing situation in the region, strategic cooperation with the United States of America, who is a strategic ally of the people and system of Afghanistan, is considered important; in order to ensure political, economic and military security of the country. Signing the strategic cooperation document with the United States of America is in conformity with the national interest of Afghanistan and it is of a significant importance, since by signing the strategic cooperation document, the political and military security of Afghanistan will be guaranteed in the region.
The Jirga members proposed that Afghanistan should consider the following fundamentals in all discussions, particularly in the framework of strategic negotiation with the United States of America:
In Defense and Security Areas:
By the end of 2014, the transition process of security and defense responsibilities from Internationals to the Afghan security forces will be completed. Hence, the continuation of security cooperation from the influential countries of the world should be based on needs of Afghanistan. Realizing the fact that the security and stability of our country is still vulnerable due to internal and external threats, the strategic partnership between Afghanistan and the United States of America is of a special importance. Therefore, the Afghan people expect the support of the US in building capacities in the sectors of defense and security, with more focus on the following areas:
In Economic and Social Development Sectors:
Considering the support of the international community in economic development and self-sufficiency of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, our people expect the United States of America to cooperate in the following economic and social development areas:
Peace process and return to peaceful life
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