Progress against Afghan corruption but challenges remain: UNAMA

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Special Representative for Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto (left) and Abdul Basir Anwar, Afghanistan’s Minister of Justice, launch new report on the country’s progress in addressing corruption. Photo: UNAMA/Fardin Waezi

Corruption remains a "substantial obstacle" to Afghanistan's long-term security but progress has been made by the government.

That's a key conclusion reached in the UN Mission UNAMA's report published on Tuesday entitled "Afghanistan's Fight Against Corruption: The Other Battlefield".

Matthew Wells has more details.

Afghan authorities have made headway in the fight against corruption, but "enormous challenges remain" according to the report.

UNAMA chief and Special Representative, Tadamichi Yamamoto, said that the report "serves as a stark reminder that the fight against corruption cannot be won in the short term" and would require "sustained commitment" on the part of government and the Afghan public.

The battle to rid the conflict-ridden country of the scourge of corruption would also require the full support of the international community, he added.

The report recognizes that the on-going anti-corruption efforts "have yet to impact the lives of most Afghans" but it praised the establishment of a dedicated Anti-Corruption Justice Centre (ACJC) with its own police and prosecution units, which has Presidential and judicial support to go after offenders.

Among the offences being tackled by the ACJC are money laundering; the destruction or sale of cultural and historic relics; crimes against internal and external security; illegal mining, and land usurpation.

Mr Yamamoto said that "for the sake of the country's future, corruption in Afghanistan must be addressed and eliminated".

The report indicates that the government is "showing progress" in restoring essential public services and managing public finances.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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