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Passion Islam I December 2009 ORLD NEWSW I 17
US calls on Afghan government to
investigate corruption allegations
The United States called on the Afghan
government to investigate media
reports about corruption allegations
and hoped the inauguration of
President Hamid Karzai would make
his new cabinet more effective and
transparent.
“We are working with our
international partners to encourage
the new government to make sure
that the efforts that they have pledged
to undertake have a significant impact
on the Afghan government that would
strengthen the institutions that deal
with this problem, both in terms of
investigating them and then ultimately
prosecuting them,” said State
Department spokesperson Ian Kelly
transparency in how these contracts
corruption, and it is going to be one of
in a press briefing.
are let and how these resources are
the principled requests that we make.”
The Washington Post quoted a
developed”, he added.
“We are concerned about corruption
US official saying that a minister in
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
and we obviously think it has an
the Afghan government is accused of
landed in Kabul today in a surprise
impact on the quality and capacity of
accepting around USD 30 million in
visit where she met US embassy staff
governing,” she added.
bribe to award the country’s largest
and with Afghan President Hamid
Clinton will lead tomorrow the US
development project to a Chinese
Karzai.
delegation attending the inauguration
mining firm.
She told reporters en route
of President Karzai
“We have seen this report. We are
from Asia to Afghanistan that the
For his part, Kelly noted that the
aware of the allegations, corruption is
United State have asked the Afghan
United States now seeks to highlight
a serious problem and we expect him
government to form “a credible
“the importance of the moment,” the
to take concrete action to fight this
anticorruption governmental entity
inauguration of Karzai, for the Afghan
problem,” noted Kelly.
that truly can deliver on the concerns
government “to turn a new page, to
“We know that this is an important
that we and the people of Afghanistan
put into place Afghan-led structures
sector that was involved. The have about corruption.” Clinton noted that will help establish confidence in
mining sector has great promise for that the Afghan government “has done the Afghan government that it can
Afghanistan’s growth and prosperity. some work on that, but in our view,
deliver services, it can deliver security
And of course in addition to this not nearly enough to demonstrate
and it can conduct its business in an
economic promise, there has to be a seriousness of purpose to tackle
open and transparent way.”
Israeli settlers’’ violence against
Palestinians is increasing
The UN Office for the Coordination against Palestinians harvesting their In those areas where construction
of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said olives and on olive groves. is possible, the report added, Israeli
the violence of Israeli settlers against In occupied East Jerusalem, OCHA bureaucratic restrictions make it
Palestinian civilians in the occupied said that while Israel has expropriated extremely difficult for Palestinian
land is on the rise. around 35 percent of that zone for residents to get building permits.
It noted in a report issued that Israeli settlements, only abound 13 It also noted that access
during 2009, 13 Palestinians, on percent is available for Palestinian restrictions, particularly at Israeli
average, have been injured per month construction, and much of that land is Barrier checkpoints, continue to hinder
in settler-related incidents, particularly built up already. UN operations in the West Bank.
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