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Kabul, Washington nearing to ink BSA: media

English.news.cn   2014-01-15 18:15:27

KABUL, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the United States of America are going to ink the controversial security accord known as Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) in near the future, possibly within days, local media reported on Wednesday.

"The United States have agreed to all the conditions put by the government of Afghanistan and the agreement will be signed within days," reported the Daily Wahdat newspaper, citing Governor Sayed Fazlullah Mujadadi of western Herat province.

Afghans in a traditional Loya Jirga or grand assembly of tribal elders and notables attended by 2,500 delegates from across the country last November endorsed the BSA and urged President Karzai to ink it within 2013.

However, Karzai rejected the demand and put conditions for inking the BSA which include halting searching Afghan houses during military operations, supporting meaningful peace process with the Taliban and ensuring transparent Afghan elections slated for April 5.

However, Washington said in reaction that it does not have " magic wand" to overcome all the problems overnight.

Another newspaper, the Mandegar Daily, reported that U.S. deputy ambassador to Afghanistan, Michael Mckinley, had assured that his government is bound to respect and implement all the demands of the people and government of Afghanistan during his recent tour to Herat where he met with Governor Mujadadi.

"The U.S. has agreed to stop illegal search of Afghan houses unless the Afghan government agrees, and to work for peace and stability in Afghanistan," the newspaper quoted Governor Mujadadi as saying.


Editor: Fu Peng
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