International Conference on Afghanistan in Bonn
Alain Juppé, Ministre d’Etat, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, participated in the International Conference on Afghanistan in Bonn on December 5.
10 years after the Bonn-Petersburg Agreements, this conference devoted to Afghanistan’s future had been the first international conference chaired by President Karzai.
In the context of the transition process which should allow the Afghan authorities to fully assume responsibility for security, this conference focussed specifically on the following three priorities:
the civilian aspects of the transition between now and 2014, when the coalition combat forces are due to withdraw;
the international community’s long-term commitment to Afghanistan after 2014, through a series of bilateral and multilateral partnerships;
and support for an Afghan-led reconciliation process supported by the States of the region.
This meeting was part of the follow-up to the London and Kabul conferences that took place last year. It reaffirmed the commitments made by the Afghan government during these meetings, notably with respect to governance.
The conference in Bonn took place a month after the Istanbul Conference on Regional Security and Cooperation, during which Afghanistan and its neighboring States announced their determination to work on confidence-building measures to ensure peace and security in Afghanistan and the region.
The Ministre d’Etat reaffirmed France’s long-term commitment alongside the Afghan people, which will be reflected by the forthcoming treaty of friendship and cooperation between France and Afghanistan.