Press Statement over Australian Defense Force findings on misconduct of Australian Forces in Afghanistan

Presidential Palace, Kabul: Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan expresses its profound sorrow over the findings of the report released by Australian Defense Force on misconduct by some Australian military personnel in Afghanistan.

Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia in a phone call to President Ashraf Ghani one day earlier had expressed his sorrow over the misconduct by some Australian military personnel in Afghanistan and assured President Ashraf Ghani of comprehensive investigation of the case and to ensuring justice. The Government of Afghanistan the commitments by the Australian side to be fulfilled.
Government of Afghanistan calls sharing the findings by inspector-general of Australian Defense Force an essential step taken to ensure transparency and to assure that legal proceedings of the case are carried out.
Government of Afghanistan believes sharing the report by inspector-general of Australian Defense Force was an essential step taken to ensure transparency and that such cases are addressed in adherence to the law.

We fully trust the legal and judicial systems of Australia and are confident that those Australian troops accused of misconduct in Afghanistan will be prosecuted.

Based on the international laws and conventions, all parties to armed conflicts must bear responsibility to protect civilians, and the government of Afghanistan and its allies are responsible for the conduct of their military personnel during the conflicts.

Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan once again expressed its commitment to abiding by national and international laws to protect the lives and property of its citizens, preserve their rights and ensure that justice prevails.