The arrogance of those Afghans is beyond belief. We liberate them from Taliban terrorists and allow free flying of kites and bring democracy and now they want sovereignty too! Now they even want a timetable to kick us liberators out of the country. As with the U.S. press the Canadian press never discusses the issue of withdrawing troops as a matter for the Afghans to decide but one for Canadian politicians to blather endlessly about while a continuous dribble of coffins return our heroes while dozens if not hundreds of Afghan civilians are dead collateral damage.
Afghan senators call for govt control over foreign troops
Tue Aug 12, 8:02 AM ET
KABUL (AFP) - Afghan senators demanded Tuesday that international troops operating in Afghanistan be brought under the country's law to make them accountable for mounting civilian casualties.
Parliament's upper house, or Meshrano Jirga (House of Elders), said it would draw up legislation to cover the operations of the US-led and NATO-led troops helping the government fight a Taliban-led insurgency.
The demand came during a heated debate over the number of civilians being killed in international military action against insurgents, mainly air strikes, with a series of deadly incidents in the past weeks.
"It was decided that the presence of foreign forces must be legalised under a law," a secretary to the house, Aminuddin Muzafari, told reporters afterwards.
"There should be a programme, a law, under which these forces conduct their activities. We will make that law," he said.
Any proposed law would have to have the approval of both houses of parliament as well as President Hamid Karzai.
There are already various UN and bilateral accords governing the role of the international soldiers who started deploying in late 2001 after an invasion that toppled the hardline Taliban government.
The senators also demanded a timetable for the withdrawal of the soldiers, now numbering around 70,000. The forces have said they would leave when the government is able to take care of security itself.
The upper house debate centred on an incident in which Afghan police accused troops with NATO's UN-mandated International Security Assistance Force of killing civilians in the province of Kapisa near Kabul at the weekend.
ISAF has rejected the claim, saying a thorough investigation had shown that only militants were killed. Karzai has appointed a commission to investigate.
Other presidential investigations have found that more than 60 civilians were killed in two separate incidents early last month.
"Every time they have killed civilians we have condemned it," said another member of the upper house, Baqir Sharifi, after the debate.
"But this is not enough. They must be brought under laws and their activities must be controlled."