NATO transfers south part of Kabul Airport to Afghan gov't

08:23, March 26, 2010      

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NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Thursday handed over the Kabul International Airport' south facilities to Afghan government.

"In 2005 the Afghan Ministry for Transport and Civil Aviation asked ISAF to give opportunity to take control of parts of the airport in order to renew its infrastructure," Deputy Commander of ISAF troops Lt. Gen. Nick Parker told newsmen at the handing- over ceremony.

Presently Kabul airport is a combined civil-military air facilities used by ISAF and the Afghan government.

NATO recognized this project as a key development opportunity for Afghanistan, Parker said, adding for this reason we have funded the ISAF air facilities in north part of the airport as a move in April 2009.

South part of the airport has been completely handed over to Afghan administration.

This is the first time that ISAF handed over airport facilities in Kabul airprot to Afghanistan and it is a progress for the future to Afghan government, General Parker said.

Thanking the NATO forces the Afghan acting Minister for Transport and Civil Aviation Mohammadullah Batash said that plan had been made to take the full control of Kabul airport within the next one and a half years.

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