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Changes coming for Afghan Peace Council (21.11.2016)
Afghanistan’s High Peace Council (HPC), the body tasked with forging reconciliation with the Taleban, says it is putting recommendations made at an IWPR conference earlier this year into practice. At public debates recently held across Afghanistan, HPC representatives said that they were taking...
A preliminary investigation by the International Criminal Court has found that members of the U.S. Armed Forces and the CIA may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan through the "cruel or violent" interrogation of detainees, mostly between 2003-‘04.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has condemned last night’s attack, for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility, against civilians in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif, which killed four people and wounded more than 120 others.
[…] The mission is led by Peter Tejler and consists of a core team of 15 experts based in Tashkent and 20 long-term observers to be deployed in teams of two across the country. In addition, ODIHR will request 250 short-term observers to monitor proceedings on election day.
[…] The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said the area used to farm the poppy plant, the source of opium, increased by 10% to 201,000 hectares.
Taliban denies holding secret peace talks with Kabul (19.10.2016)
A Taliban spokesman has rejected reports of secret meetings with the Afghan government. On October 18, a senior Afghan official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed to RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan that two secret rounds of peace talks had been held in Qatar since early September.
Afghan civilians are paying the price for increased fighting in populated areas around the country, the United Nations reported on Wednesday, with government troops responsible for a growing share of civilian casualties.
Turkmenistan will hold a presidential vote on February 12, state media reported on October 12. The announcement comes a month after Turkmenistan passed constitutional changes which removed barriers to President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov’s lifelong rule.
Bulgaria threatens to pull out of Afghanistan (06.10.2016)
Bulgaria will withdraw its 110-strong contingent deployed in Afghanistan if failed Afghan asylum seekers are not returned, prime minister Boyko Borissov said on Wednesday.
Addressing a conference aimed at charting a way forward for conflict-ravaged Afghanistan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the international community to sustain its commitment to support the country and its people, while stressing the importance of holding both donors and...