April 29, 2012
"Today, Afghanistan and the U.S. initialed and locked the text of the strategic partnership agreement," said Karzai's spokesman, Aimal Faizi. "This means the text is closed""
Why "lock' or "close' the future of Afghanistan to 30 million ordinary Afghan citizens?
While the world may accept that the U.S. and Afghan governments have some 'state' or "noble' considerations for not revealing the contents of the U.S. Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement, how about the democratic consideration of involving Afghans in their own future?
Even the Afghan Parliament was in the dark and uninvolved until they were recently given a peek when Afghanistan's National Security Advisor, Rangin Dadfar Spanta, read "portions' of the Agreement to assembled parliamentarians on 23rd April, saying that the U.S. will defend Afghanistan from any outside interference via "diplomatic means, political means, economic means and even military means."
What IS the Afghan public opinion regarding the U.S. Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement?
Does anyone know?
"" the Afghan public has outrightly rejected the US plans as the results of a survey conducted by UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) suggest. UNAMA with its 23 offices in Afghanistan conducted the survey across the country some two months back and hasn't published it. Although, the survey's findings are widely known. If published the stark survey results will undermine the US' future strategic plans."
Out of curiosity, the Afghan Peace Volunteers pursued the question of whether the UN had actually conducted such a survey.
We sent emails to friends with the Fellowship of Reconciliation U.S.A who have correspondence and contact with the UN. Below was the reply that was forwarded to us.
14th April 2012
I sent an email inquiry to the UN Coordinator in Afghanistan to ask about the survey.
As I suspected, I did not receive any response. It seems they are not willing to talk about it.
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