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Jul 23, 2012
More areas to change hands after Ramadan

KABUL : Commending Afghan forces for successfully taking over the security responsibility from international troops, NATO said on Monday that more areas were set for transition after Ramadan.

A spokesman for NATO's senior civilian representative said that several transition ceremonies were recently held in Kapisa, Kunduz, Logar, Uruzgan and Kandahar.

“Further ceremonies are expected to take place after Ramadan. The government of Afghanistan and Afghan forces have embraced these opportunities to demonstrate their leadership of the transition process.

“The ceremonies can be seen as proud moments for the government, people and security forces,” Dominic Medley told a press conference that he jointly addressed with the ISAF spokesman.

He said the process of transition -- already into its third phase -- was happening because Afghanistan could do it and the international community was there to support the process.

The Taliban would not return to power after the withdrawal of foreign troops, because the Afghan people did not want them to come back, Medley said, promising that Afghanistan would not be abandoned.

“After ISAF there will be a NATO training mission, you have that supported by the financial commitments to support the Afghan army and police and huge financial support towards development and governance pledged at Tokyo, which goes way beyond 2014,” he pointed out.

At the recent Tokyo conference, the international community pledged id="mce_marker"6 billion over the next four years in development aid to the country.

At the Chicago Summit in May, NATO members agreed to contribute billions of dollars to support Afghan troops after 2014, when foreign soldiers are to withdraw from the country.

(source: " More areas to change hands after Ramadan ",,23/Jul/2012)

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