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UN chief urges Karzai to act on good governance

UN chief Ban Ki-moon asked Afghan President Hamid Karzai to unveil "concrete" steps at a donors conference tommorow`s to improve governance and promote national reconciliation in his war-wracked country.



United Nations: UN chief Ban Ki-moon asked
Afghan President Hamid Karzai to unveil "concrete" steps at a
donors conference tommorow`s to improve governance and promote
national reconciliation in his war-wracked country.

"We expect President Karzai and his government would come
up with a concrete action plan ...about the way to enhance
good governance, promote further reconciliation and also how
he can improve the security situation in his country," he said a news agency in an exclusive recent interview here ahead of the
conference.

The UN secretary-general, who will co-chair the
high-level meeting in Kabul along with Karzai, said the future
of Afghanistan remained "a high priority agenda" for the
international community and the world body.

Up to 70 international representatives and 40 foreign
ministers, led by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are
expected to attend Tuesday`s gathering, a follow-up to a
donors` meeting held in London in January.

Afghan authorities plan to use the conference to present
donors with proposals to improve governance, implement
economic and social development, assert rule of law and
justice, support human rights, use aid more effectively
and map out peace efforts.

In exchange they will press the international community
to give them control of 50 per cent of all donor funds within
two years, according to organisers.

But with impoverished Afghanistan saddled with one of the
most corrupt governments in the world, questions have been
raised about the credibility of Karzai`s development plan.

The Afghan leader pledged to crack down on corruption
after being re-elected in controversial polls marred by fraud
last August.

"We have been urging President Karzai to do more on good
governance, particularly fighting against corrupt practices in
his country and to do more to promote reconciliation," Ban
said.

He insisted that the world community has endorsed
Karzai`s plan to launch peace talks with Taliban moderates.

"But that is not without any conditions," the UN boss
stressed, pointing to Karzai`s demand that militants renounce
violence, accept the Afghan constitution and break off ties
with al Qaeda.

"This reconciliation process with the Taliban should be
led by Afghans. But the United Nations and the international
community are ready to assist," he added.

A Security Council sanctions panel has been asked to
remove the names of some Taliban members who were not linked
to al Qaeda from its terror blacklist.

PTI

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