August 20th, 2010
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Karzai pledges non-interference in anti-corruption units

President Karzai's announcement came after a series of meetings Thursday night and Friday in Kabul with U.S. Sen. John Kerry and other senior U.S. and Afghan officials.
President Karzai's announcement came after a series of meetings Thursday night and Friday in Kabul with U.S. Sen. John Kerry and other senior U.S. and Afghan officials.

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - For the first time, Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he is committed to allowing two key government anti-corruption units to operate without political interference.

The announcement came after a series of meetings Thursday night and Friday in Kabul with U.S. Sen. John Kerry and other senior U.S. and Afghan officials - talks that both Kerry and Karzai described as a "candid and productive" conversation.

In separate statements after the meeting, both said that Kerry and Karzai agreed on the importance of strengthening the Major Crimes Task Force and the Sensitive Investigative Unit.

Both units have been criticized by the Afghan president for allegedly abusing the rights of a top government official arrested on corruption charges. In a visit to Kabul Wednesday, Kerry told Karzai that the issue of corruption is undermining U.S. support for the war.

"The president and I agree that the work of these entities must be allowed to continue free from outside interference or political influence, including with respect to ongoing cases," Kerry said.

In an exclusive interview with CNN after the meetings, Kerry said, "For the first time, the president has publicly committed to proceeding forward with the Major Crimes unit investigations and done so with a guarantee that it will be free from political influence. I think that's important."

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. aunt Bea and Opie

    As he dances among the poppy fields waiting for the trillion dollar payoff harvest.

    August 20, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. jim

    I wonder if John Kerry promised him a ride in his new yacht. !!!

    August 20, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    From Alexander the Great to the Russians, no one has ever been able to stop the corruption. With over 2400 years of history against us, what makes us think Karzai will even try to do anything to really stop it, especially when his own family are large beneficiaries of the system.

    August 20, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    When will the U.S. stop "propping up" a president that the people don't want then maybe Afghan can succeed. Bush put Karzai in power and never question his motives just like the previous president of Iraq that has cost of billions. Karzai knows we paid billions to the previous president of Iraq and he expects the same. These people speak an entirely different language of understanding than we do, enough is enough.

    August 20, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Ohioan with no Job

    Karzai is crook!

    When is he going to learn how to put his arms through the sleeves of this bath robe,

    August 20, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. Alex

    liar, liar pants on fire

    August 20, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. John Hennesy Black

    That's one of the GREATEST things that the USA CONSISTENTLY does: supports the most vile, corrupt, drug dealing and amoral dictators in the world, all with our taxpayer money... and then, later, these same corrupt folks come back to support attacks on the USA...

    August 20, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. diridi

    this dude is corrupt...just like our Republicans, and Bush, and Dick Cheney...and Ronald Reagan....ok...

    August 20, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. rdepontb

    This question should never have come up, Sen Kerry shouldn't have to be over there looking over Karzai's shoulder. Karzai...you need to go a long way to regain our trust, Four strikes for you since you are unfamiliar with the game-

    August 20, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. Phil in KC

    He may have lost the election to W (unfortunately), but he's still one smart cookie where foreign relations are concerned.

    August 20, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Ken in NC

    I like President Karzai's last statement about joing him or leaving in 4 months except that I don't think we need 4 months. I think we can have all of our boys home by next Friday. Karzai can have his country by next Saturday and his very own permanent private plot by next Sunday courtsey of the Taliban.

    August 20, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Yes what about his hoodlum brother and all the laundered opium drug $ leaving the nation mysteriously ??? I'm not buying it until he comes clean with his background and issues with his brother.

    August 20, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |