Kabul: Afghan President Hamid Karzai is to
dissolve all international and domestic private security
companies operating in the country, his spokesman said on Tuesday.
"Dissolving the private security companies is a serious
programme that the government of Afghanistan will execute,"
Waheed Omer told reporters, adding that "very soon the
president of Afghanistan will set a deadline".
Omer said Karzai had spoken to his Western backers as
well as leaders of the US and NATO`s International Security
Assistance Force (ISAF) who contract the companies to
safeguard many aspects of their work, including supply
"Over the past few days the president held discussions
with officials from our allied countries, with NATO and ISAF
leaders and all those involved," said Omer.
He said private security companies employ 30-40,000
armed personnel throughout Afghanistan.
Karzai has accused the companies of operating in
parallel to Afghan security forces, and of diverting critical
resources needed to train army and police.
"If the dissolution is not carried out under a precise
programme there will definitely be consequences.
"The government of Afghanistan has that in mind and is
working... (to) ensure that those working for these companies
be recruited by the Afghan national security forces," said
He added that the international community must help with
the transition to dissolve the private security firms.
"This is a programme that will be executed at any cost,"