of H.E. Hamid Karzai
Head of State of Afghanistan
the Open-ended panel of the General Assembly on "Afghanistan:
one year later"
me begin by thanking Your Excellency, Mr. Jan Kavan, President
of the General Assembly, for having convened and for presiding
over this open-ended panel of the General Assembly on "Afghanistan:
one year later".
am happy to inform you that the implementation of the Bonn Agreement
and the peace process in Afghanistan are in line with what we
had envisioned in Bonn on 5 December 2001. Afghans are enjoying
their newfound peace and hope to benefit from the reconstruction
of their country, and they are determined to take every step necessary
to avoid a relapse into conflict and lawlessness.
have established various Commissions, such as the Constitutional
Commission in charge of drafting Afghanistan´s new Constitution,
the Judicial Commission to rebuild the justice system, the Civil
Service Commission to reform the entire administration and impose
a merit based system, and a Human Rights Commission to protect
human rights, women´s rights and civil liberties.
to Afghanistan has been discussed in major international meetings,
including the Tokyo Conference in January 2002, which was the
first major gathering on the subject of assistance to Afghanistan.
was happy to participate in an ad-hoc meeting, "Friends of
Afghanistan" , on the afternoon of 13 September 2002, at
the United Nations in New York, where Heads of State, Ministers
of Foreign Affairs and other major personalities of countries
closely interested in Afghanistan were in attendance.
welcome and are grateful to Your Excellency for making today´s
meeting happen. We find that this meeting, in the form of a panel,
will serve to be instrumental in bringing further awareness to
the problems facing Afghanistan, including a further reminder
to donor countries to implement their commitments of assistance
to Afghanistan. We owe gratitude to the donor community for its
assistance to Afghanistan thus far. However, if I may, I would
like to, once again, say to the donor community that reconstruction
and security go hand in hand - one cannot be achieved without
am sure that through Your Excellency´s efforts, today´s
panel will also have an important and positive impact on the preparation
of the resolutions on Afghanistan, still in drafting stage, to
be adopted under your presidency by the General Assembly on 6
you, Mr. President.