Visit of Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP, in Afghanistan: EU training of Afghan police

Type: Report   Reference: I-057123   Duration: 10:09:26  Lieu:
End production: 21/04/2008   First transmission: 21/04/2008
Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP, visited Afghanistan on 21 April 2008. This visit came at a particularly important time of renewed commitment by the international community to Afghanistan following the NATO summit in Bucharest and the appointment of Kai Eide, new UN Special Representative, and in the run-up to the Paris conference on Afghanistan on 12 June. It was the moment to reflect on what the EU can do in conjunction with its Afghan partners to enhance the international community's efforts. Javier Solana met the Afghan leaders and toured the headquarters of the EU's Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL Afghanistan) which is now fully deployed across the country.

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10:00:05 General view of Kabul with mountains (2 shots) 00:00:10
10:00:15 Afghan police with AK47 at a roundabout with traffic and women in Burqa crossing the road (3 shots) 00:00:23
10:00:38 Inside a police department: about 20 policemen making themselves ready for a patrol, taking their munitions jackets (2 shots) 00:00:06
10:00:44 Policemen running to their pickups and driving out of the compound (2 shots) 00:00:14
10:00:58 Police pickups driving through the market in Kabul, passing road crowded of people (3 shots) 00:00:22
10:01:20 Roundabout with dense traffic: Afghan policemen jumping from their pickups, controlling cars, making body search on drivers; and policemen from Lithuania, Germany and Spain belonging to "EUPOL Afghanistan" watching the Afghan police at work (8 shots) 00:00:48
10:02:08 Lithuanian "EUPOL" policeman talking with Afghan police officer (3 shots) 00:00:12
10:02:20 Street scene 00:00:06
10:02:26 Pascual Veiga, Spanish EUPOL officer, (in SPANISH) saying that they are all there to mentor and assess all levels of the Afghan government, from the Ministry of Interior to the main authorities and all levels of the police; what they want to achieve is a reorganization to improve effectiveness and a better use of all human and material resources 00:00:26
10:02:52 Sergejus Kirikenko, Lithuanian EUPOL officer, (in ENGLISH) saying that it is sometimes very useful to get out of their cars and speak with Afghan police officers, sergeants, privates or patrolmen to find out how the EUPOL advice is on top level and affects their daily life and their daily work 00:00:20
10:03:12 Courtyard inside the EUPOL compound in Kabul: Afghan worker finishing to place a new "EUPOL AFGHANISTAN" board for the visit of a VIP, and EUPOL officers in the courtyard (3 shots) 00:00:17
10:03:29 Brigadier-General Jürgen Scholz, Head of the EUPOL Mission in Afghanistan, speaking with colleagues in the compound (2 shots) 00:00:11
10:03:40 Brigadier-General Jürgen Scholz (in ENGLISH) saying that there is a real need to further develop the rule of law; first of all they have to ensure that there are proper, legal justifications for policing and they are supporting, together with other international partners, the work of their Afghan partners in this field; and secondly they have to ensure that at least the policing work meets the basic standards of human rights they all consider necessary for policing 00:00:27
10:04:07 Brigadier-General Jürgen Scholz (in GERMAN) saying that EUPOL has the mandate to further develop the Afghan police to European standards in police work; this is especially on the ministerial level; they have to develop the Ministry with the Afghan parties to a planning and management authority; and the same applies to the command posts at the regional and provincial level 00:00:22
10:04:29 EUPOL officers walking to their cars and leaving the compound by car (4 shots) 00:00:18
10:04:47 EUPOL officer driving into the Afghan Police Academy 00:00:06
10:04:53 Arrival of four EUPOL officers in the office of an afghan police general at the Police Academy and general viewof the meeting (6 shots) 00:00:40
10:05:33 EUPOL officers walking in the corridor of the police academy 00:00:08
10:05:41 EUPOL officers entering a classroom full of police students, with a police professor teaching basic rules of law and the three branches of the State: legislative, judicial and executive (5 shots) 00:00:26
10:06:07 EUPOL officers going to a classroom to give new skills to teachers in fingerprint research (5 shots) 00:00:29
10:06:36 Jari Lehvonen, Finnish EUPOL officer, (in ENGLISH) saying that they support the teachers of the academy and they will have some methodology training for teachers to upgrade their skills and to train the trainers at the academy; one big issue of course is the curricula developments; they are still running with material that is quite outdated, good material but outdated, and they are working together with the Afghan teacher to develop them and to modernize them 00:00:29
10:07:05 EUPOL officers from Estonia and Germany in the middle of a group of Afghan police students talking about their needs (3 shots) 00:00:15
10:07:20 Sayed Yahya, Afghan police student, (in ENGLISH) saying that they don't have any facilities; because police must be now completed; there is a lot of work in all police stations; EUPOL officer (in ENGLISH) saying that he is sure that there is not a computer for each police officer now, but in the future it will be possible to organise a computer room with equipments so that they can share computers 00:00:31
10:07:51 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:07:57 Sayed Yahya (in ENGLISH) saying that when they graduate from that police academy, maybe the Afghanistan future is bright; he whishes to become a good officer, to serve his people because they are tired of war, they need peace; that is why he came there 00:00:23
10:08:20 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:08:24 Sayed Yahya (in ENGLISH) saying that they are not afraid from danger, they came there because in every situation they want to serve their country, their people 00:00:18
10:08:42 EUPOL officer responsible for mentoring passing the entrance of the compound 00:00:09
10:08:51 William Morrell, Chief of the EUPOL mentors, (in ENGLISH) saying that the situation in Afghanistan is obviously very tense: ongoing insurgency, a thousand Afghan police officers killed in 2007, there are some real problems there with the police; one of these real problems is corruption and what they just need to do is try and make the headquarters in the various parts of the Afghan national police as effective and functioning units; if they can do that, then hopefully, slowly they can bring about the rule of law in this country which in turn will allow investment to take place and democracy to ensure 00:00:35
10:09:26 Police students training for a parade at the police academy: general view of the police students parade (5 shots) 00:00:35
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