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21 commanders set to surrender weapons in Parwan

Kabul, December 3, 2007 (Pajhwok Afghan News): As many as 21 former commanders are set to surrender weapons to officials of the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) programme in the central Parwan province tomorrow.

A ceremony is scheduled take place in Bagram to acknowledge the contribution of the commanders, who will hand over more than 108 serviceable weapons to DIAG teams. Governmental authorities and Afghanistans New Beginnings Programme (ANBP) officials will take part in the ceremony in the district governor’s office.

A joint press statement from UNDP, ANBP and UNAMA said on Monday the commanders were supporting DIAG by negotiating and accepting to surrender their weapons, thus allowing the consolidation of peace, rule of law and prosperity in Afghanistan.

Thanks to the ongoing efforts of the governor and the authorities, a number of commanders have demonstrated compliance with the process, paving the way for Parwan to be one of the provinces in conformity with the requirements of DIAG, the statement added.

Until December 3, 35002 weapons as well as 28849 pieces of boxed and 313055 pieces of unboxed ammunition have been handed over to ANBP collection teams under the DIAG process, launched on June 11, 2005.

According to the statement, 4,857 of the collected weapons have been handed over by 124 candidates for parliamentary and provincial council elections.