Aimal Faizi: Afghan Detainees Held by British Forces on Afghan Soil Must be Transferred to Afghan Sovereignty within Two Weeks

In an interview today with Bakhtar News Agency, Aimal Faizi Spokesperson to the President of Afghanistan spoke on the issue of Afghan detainees held by the British forces on Afghan territory, saying that “Afghan detainees held by the British forces on Afghan soil must be transferred to Afghan sovereignty within two weeks.”

Faizi added, “For so long now, Afghan detainees are being held in the British-run detention centers on Afghan soil, in violation of Afghan laws.”

He noted that President Karzai had previously instructed the National Security Council to take actions for the transfer of Afghan detainees being held in the British-run detention centers on Afghan soil, adding that in principle, progress has been made so far in this respect but no practical actions have yet been taken to hand over the detainees to Afghan control.

Aimal Faizi told Bakhtar News Agency that as per the President’s new instruction, National Security Advisor Dr. Spanta once again asked the British Embassy in Kabul to hand over by June 22 2013 to Afghan side, all the Afghan detainees they are holding on Afghan soil.

The President’s Spokesperson said, "Continuing the detention of Afghan nationals by the British forces will be a violation of our national sovereignty and our country's laws.”

He added, “No foreign country has the right to run prisons and detention centers on Afghan soil.”

Faizi said that the government of Afghanistan, particularly Commander of Bagram Detention Center was ready to receive the Afghan suspects from the British forces.

Spokesperson to the President of Afghanistan also spoke on foreign media reports alleging that the British forces who are stationed in Afghanistan, have used drones for attacks in Afghanistan.

Aimal Faizi said, “The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is asking the British Embassy in Kabul for clarification on the drone reports and if the reports were authentic, the British government must clarify the nature of the attacks on Afghan soil since such an agreement does not exist.”