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Welcome to Kabul:Reconstructions. You can follow the information below, which has been gathered from a
number of sources by a number of participants (click on the names at left for bios), to reconstruct your
own picture of events in Kabul since this site was launched on March 8th, 2003 and, in a sense, since the
reconstruction of Afghanistan began somewhere in the winter of 2001-02.
Some of this information has been provided in response to specific questions submitted by visitors like you. Please note that this section of the project is now maintained as an archive and has not been updated since 2005. Click here to ASK A QUESTION.
Arian Mouj Sharifi
--Attached is a PDF of the Bonn accords for your reference. Agence France Presse July 4, 2003 Friday 5:01 AM Eastern Time Afghan tribal elders slam Karzai over lack of progress on Bonn promises Afghan tribal elders have criticised President Hamid Karzai over a lack of progress on disarming militias and bringing peace and security to the war-ravaged country. Hundreds of representatives of the loya jirga (tribal assembly) parliament commission, which has to approve the new draft constitution to pave the way for presidential polls due by June 2004, met in Kabul Thursday for the first time to discuss progress since they elected Karzai president last June. Karzai had promised to call a loya jirga and hand over authority to it if he failed to meet the promises made at Bonn in late 2001 after the ousting of the Taliban regime, Sayeed Ibrahim Qaisari, director of the loya jirga parliament commission, told the gathering of around 1,000 tribal leaders and guests. "But he didn't do so even though he came short on gathering weapons, improving security and even on the fair distribution of government posts among Afghan society," he said. Under the Bonn agreement, after the loya jirga elected Karzai as president for a two-year term, his government was tasked with disarming tens of thousands of militiamen, forming a national army and police force and bringing peace and security to the country, he said. "Unfortunately most of this has not happened yet." Some 19 months after the fall of the Taliban, security remains a major problem and is hampering reconstruction efforts. The commander of the peacekeeping International Security Assistance Force Wednesday said attacks doubled between April and May and had stabilised at a high level. The US military, which heads a separate 11,500-strong coalition force hunting for remnants of al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan, has also acknowledged an increase in attacks in recent months. Qaisari said the government should urgently direct its efforts to law enforcement across the country and disarming militias. "The government should consider giving priority to enforcement of law in the country and gathering of weapons," he said. A Japanese-funded programme to demobilise, disarm and reintegrate (DDR) some 100,000 militiamen was due to start in July but a United Nations spokesman Thursday said reform of the Ministry of Defence needed to take place first. "What I can tell you is that for DDR to start, both the international community and the Afghan government feel that it is necessary to have the reform of the Ministry of Defence for DDR to enjoy the sense of participation in and cooperation by all involved in it," Manoel de Almeida e Silva said. "There are discussions and more importantly work under way regarding the reform. And as soon as President Karzai is satisfied that these discussions on reform of the ministry reach a conclusion with positive results we are confident that DDR will be able to follow and to start after that." The United Nations last month called for urgent implementation of reforms to make Afghanistan's nascent national army and Tajik- dominated defence ministry more representative of the country's ethnic and regional mix.
Posted By: mariam   October 29th 2003, 2003 3:50 PM
Kabul: Partial Reconstructions is an installation
and public dialogue project that explores the multiple meanings and resonances of
the idea of reconstruction -- as both process and metaphor -- in the context of present-day Kabul.
www.kabul-reconstructions.net is an online discussion forum, information resource, and medium for the communication of questions and answers about the reconstruction between people inside and outside the city of Kabul itself.