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Cablegate: President Karzai Issues Decree Establishing

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UNCLAS KABUL 004322

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DEPT FOR SCA/FO DAS GASTRIGHT, SCA/A,

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV KDEM AF
SUBJECT: PRESIDENT KARZAI ISSUES DECREE ESTABLISHING
TRANSPARENT APPOINTMENTS MECHANISM, SATISFYING FIRST LONDON
COMPACT BENCHMARK

1. (U) On September 17, four days before the deadline,
Afghanistan met the first benchmark from the London Compact
(Pillar II: Governance, Rule of Law, and Human Rights) when
President Karzai issued a decree establishing a Special
Consultative Board to recommend candidates for Presidential
appointment to posts as provincial governor, deputy minister,
provincial police commanders, provincial intelligence heads,
and members of the independent civil service commission
(IARCSC). These posts fall below ministerial rank but lie
outside the scope of the Civil Service Commission.

2. (U) The decree also named five individuals to the Special
Consultative Board, following criteria which, according to
UNAMA's Senior Governance Officer, Shakti Sinha, satisfy
Compact obligations. One member (Mr. Mohammad Farid Hamidi)
was named from the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission
(AIHRC) at least at the level of Commissioner, nominated by
the AIHRC Chairperson. Two additional persons (Mr. Enyat
Enayatallah and Dr. M. Hashem Esmatullahi) were named by
President Karzai, based on their standing of high repute and
from diverse background. A fourth person (Ms. Homa Sabri)
was nominated by the Co-Chairs of the Joint Coordination and
Monitoring Board (JCMB). And the fifth person (Mr. Zakim
Shah) was selected to serve by the previously-named members
of the Board. Following the preference of the JCMB, the
Chairperson of the Board will be selected by the Board
members themselves.
NORLAND

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