Sunday, 06 February 2011 19:30
Security threats have dropped significantly in northern Afghanistan, a senior official in Ministry of Interior Affairs said Sunday.
Security officials urge more efforts to further increase the central government's control in northern regions.
Officials in interior affairs ministry see the launch of security operations effective to ensure security in these parts.
After insurgents were removed from their footholds, security forces should have the capability to maintain control of the area and avoid militants' return, officials said.
"Interior ministry is trying to provide security for construction projects run in different parts of the country in a bid to win hearts," said Interior Ministry Spokesperson Zemarai Bashari.
At the same time Deputy Commander of Nato's Training Mission for Afghan Police, Gen. Stuart Beare, talked about an increase in number of police forces trained by international forces.
"In November 2009 there were no literacy programmes for the police. Today over 21,000 are enrolled in mandatory literacy training and the number will increase to 50,000 by November," said General Stuart Beare.
Officials with interior ministry said efforts are on the ground to nationalise police forces and develop transparent accountability; finance and monitoring systems in police organisations.
Recently security in northern parts was deteriorating, but security offensives seem to be working to root out insurgents in their footholds.
Meanwhile, Germany is to host a conference on Afghanistan this year.
In the recent Munich Security Conference President Karzai focused his talks mainly on security transition to Afghans saying it would begin by March 21 this year.