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APRP Annual Progress Report 2016

Jul 12, 2018

On 10 December 2015, the Ambassadors of the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, wrote a letter, on behalf of the representatives of the donor nations to the APRP, to His Excellency (HE) Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. They expressed their recognition of the Programme’s achievements over the past five years and reiterated their strong commitment to supporting both politically and financially an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process. The letter was demarche to the President stating that unless fundamental reforms and senior appointments were made to APRP, the donors would not consider providing new funding to the APRP beyond 31 December 2015. The requested reforms included the following: 1) the appointment of an empowered HPC and JS leadership; 2) reform of the structures (and composition, as appropriate) of the HPC and JS to ensure they are as streamlined and effective as possible; 3) selection of new qualified HPC members and a peace negotiation team; 4) clarity as to the mandate, structure, and composition of the APRP, HPC and JS, including with respect to the peace process; and 5) an independent review of APRP’s achievements between 2010-2015, identifying lessons learned for any successor DDR programme to APRP. As of the end of 2015, President Ghani had apparently not responded to the letter from the APRP donor representatives.

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