Afghan gov't to issue deadline for dissolving private security firms

20:00, August 16, 2010      

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Afghan presidential chief spokesman on Monday said that President Hamid Karzai will soon, possibly today, issue a decree giving four months deadline for private security firms to shut down operation in the country.

"The President will issue a decree possibly today giving a four- month deadline to all private security companies to shut down their operations and dissolved," Waheed Omer told newsmen in a regular press briefing here.

He also said that the dissolving of the security firms will be a process and not an issue of regulating the companies.

Afghan president expressed concern a couple of weeks ago over the activities of private security companies and called for their banning.

Dozens of private Afghan and foreign security firms are active in Afghanistan and often provide escort to NATO-led troops' logistic convoys and guards to foreign agencies' offices based in the war-torn Afghanistan.

Eelier in the day, the spokesman of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Brigadier-General Josef Blotz in a press conference said that ISAF supports President Karzai's intention with regard to private security firms by saying "ISAF supports the president's intention to achieve this goal and ISAF will continue to boost the capability of Afghan Security Forces to reduce the need for private security companies in the country.

Omar also said that Afghan president is going to leave for Russia on Tuesday to take part in a regional conference attended by the host country Russia, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.



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