7 Feb 2007

PR# 2007-094

Surobi leaders meet at Camp Warehouse for Shura

KABUL, Afghanistan – On Monday, Surobi and Kabul government representatives and leaders from the Afghan National Security Forces, met at Kabul’s Camp Warehouse for a Shura to discuss the district’s development.

The Shura was organized and lead jointly by Kabul Governor Said Hadji Din Mohammad, 201st Afghan National Army Corps Commander Gen. Mangal, and Regional Command-Capital Commander, Gen. de Villiers. Shura attendees discussed the district’s challenges and key players mobilized around solutions. Everybody agreed that security and development are closely linked, and that the local population’s commitment is essential.

“ISAF troops are now accepted and welcomed in Surobi. People feel better with national forces and international forces around them. Moreover, we feel a strong commitment from the government, which should be involved in the next construction projects and to which we also asked for support in the building of schools and cultural projects,” said Surobi Governor H. Habiburrahman.

The lack of education was another important issue discussed. “Surobi needs schools for boys and for girls, but it also needs teachers,” said Madam Shinkai Zahim Karukhel, MP in Kabul. “I am now totally optimistic, regarding the joint projects, for the future of Surobi's children and women.”

The Kabul Chief of Police Gen. Esmatullah also emphasized the need for the population’s participation in their own security, and said that he is ready to expand his action because the ANSF have gained the hearts of the people.

With resolution taken for joint actions to improve the situation in Surobi, General de Villiers underlined that the RC-C motto is appropriate, “Together, let’s make peace progress.”

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