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Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the implementation of the Afghanistan Compact. (107888)

The Afghan Government (GoA) with the support of the international community, remains focused on implementing the Afghanistan Compact. However, progress against the compact’s 43 benchmarks is currently uneven. Seven of the 11 short-life benchmarks outlined in the compact are expected to be met by 20 March 2007 deadline. These include the creation of a transparent appointments mechanism for all senior level appointments to the central Government and the judiciary; reform of corruption oversight procedures; and reviews of commercial laws and administrative boundaries.

The United Kingdom is working closely with the Afghan Government, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and other international actors to ensure any shortfalls are addressed arid that the political commitments outlined in the compact are implemented according to the benchmarks.