At the International Conference on Afghanistan held in Bonn in December 2011, theinternational community made a commitment to support Afghanistan
in its Transformation Decade
beyond 2014. NATO will play its part alongside other actors in building sufficient and sustainableAfghan forces capable of providing security for their own country. In this context, Allies welcomecontributions and reaffirm their strong commitment to contribute to the financial sustainment of theANSF. We also call on the international community to commit to this long-term sustainment of theANSF. Effective funding mechanisms and expenditure arrangements for all strands of the ANSF willbuild upon existing mechanisms, integrating the efforts of the Government of the Islamic Republicof Afghanistan and of the international community. They will be guided by the principles of flexibility, transparency, accountability, and cost effectiveness, and will include measures againstcorruption.8.
We reiterate the importance Allies attach to seeing tangible progress by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan regarding its commitments made at the Bonn Conference on 5December 2011 to a democratic society, based on the rule of law and good governance, includingprogress in the fight against corruption, where the human rights and fundamental freedoms of itscitizens, including the equality of men and women and the active participation of both in Afghansociety, are respected. The forthcoming elections must be conducted with full respect for Afghansovereignty and in accordance with the Afghan Constitution. Their transparency, inclusivity andcredibility will also be of paramount importance. Continued progress towards these goals willencourage NATO nations to further provide their support up to and beyond 2014.9.
We also underscore the importance of our shared understanding with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan regarding the full participation of all Afghan women in thereconstruction, political, peace and reconciliation processes in Afghanistan and the need to respectthe institutional arrangements protecting their rights. We recognise also the need for the protectionof children from the damaging effects of armed conflict.10.
We also recognise that security and stability in the “Heart of Asia” is interlinked across theregion. The Istanbul Process on regional security and cooperation, which was launched in November2011, reflects the commitment of Afghanistan and the countries in the region to jointly ensuresecurity, stability and development in a regional context. The countries in the region, particularlyPakistan, have important roles in ensuring enduring peace, stability and security in Afghanistan andin facilitating the completion of the transition process. We stand ready to continue dialogue andpractical cooperation with relevant regional actors in this regard. We welcome the progress ontransit arrangements with our Central Asian partners and Russia. NATO continues to work withPakistan to reopen the ground lines of communication as soon as possible.11.
We look forward to our expanded ISAF meeting tomorrow.12.
The Alliance continues to be fully committed to the stability and security of the strategicallyimportant Balkans region. We reiterate our full support for KFOR, which continues to act carefully,firmly and impartially in accordance with its United Nations mandate set out in
United NationsSecurity Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1244.
KFOR will continue to support the development of apeaceful, stable, and multi-ethnic Kosovo. KFOR will also continue to contribute to the maintenanceof freedom of movement and ensuring
a safe and secure environment for all people in Kosovo, incooperation with all relevant actors, including the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo(EULEX) and the EU Special Representative, as agreed, and the Kosovo authorities. We will maintainKFOR’s robust and credible capability to carry out its mission. We remain committed to movingtowards a smaller, more flexible, deterrent presence, only once
the security situation allows. Wewelcome the progress made in developing the Kosovo Security Force, under NATO’s supervision andcommend it for its readiness and capability to implement its security tasks and responsibilities. Wewill continue to look for opportunities to develop NATO’s ongoing role
with the Kosovo SecurityForce.13.
Last year, through the UN-mandated Operation Unified Protector (OUP), and with thesupport of the League of Arab States, our Alliance played a crucial role in protecting the civilianpopulation in Libya and in helping save thousands of lives. We commend the Libyan people for theprogress achieved to date on their path towards building a new, free, democratic Libya that fullyrespects human rights and fundamental freedoms, and encourage them to build on that progress.