News / Asia

Afghan President Hopes for US Help for Families of Bales' Victims

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, August 24, 2013. Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, August 24, 2013.
x
Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, August 24, 2013.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, August 24, 2013.
Ayaz Gul
Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the life sentence handed to an American soldier convicted of massacring 16 Afghan civilians “will not replace the loss” that his nation has suffered.  Speaking in Kabul Saturday, he also said he is in no hurry to sign a security pact with the United States that Washington insists is needed before the bulk of U.S. forces leave the country in 2014. 

President Karzai spoke to reporters in the Afghan capital, a day after a military jury sentenced U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales to life in prison without the possibility of release.

The Afghan leader said he did not favor capital punishment, but even if the American soldier had been given the death penalty it would not turn back the clock.

“A life sentence to him or a death sentence to him will not bring back our children that he killed, will not bring back the happiness of those families and will not replace the loss that the Afghan nation suffered. We are more in trying to bring an end to the sufferings of the Afghan people rather than seeking revenge that will not bring back the lost children of ours,” he said.

President Karzai urged the United States to take all possible steps to ease the sufferings of the victim families and continue its efforts to help bring peace and stability to Afghanistan

“What I want from the United States is to go back to those families and to provide them an opportunity for a better livelihood, to make the community happy by better economic activity. So if we are not happy today because of the loss of our children, so the next generation can live in a better environment and in that the most important thing is stability and peace,” he said.

In his news conference Saturday, President Karzai said that the United States wanted a Bilateral Security Agreement, or BSA signed with Afghanistan by October, but he was not in a hurry to do so.

Karzai is demanding guarantees be included in the agreement, such as bringing economic stability, security and peace to Afghanistan. He plans to convene a loya jirga, or traditional gathering of delegates from around the country to consider the deal.

“The new version of the document with improvements is now in our hands. I have appointed a delegation of the Afghan government at the political level to negotiate the larger political aspects of the BSA with the US government, with their representatives here in Kabul. So, as we reach understandings on the demands of Afghanistan, that I enumerated earlier, we will be ready to have a document and then that document will go before the Afghan people for their approval or otherwise,” said the Afghan president.

The security deal is meant to provide a framework for residual U.S. forces Washington wants to station in Afghanistan after the NATO combat mission terminates by end of next year.

You May Like

Hezbollah Chief Says Does Not Want War But Ready for One

VOA's Jerusalem correspondent reports that with an Israeli election looming and Hezbollah's involvement in Syria, neither side appears interested in a wider conflict More

Multimedia VOA SPECIAL REPORT: Despite Danger, Best US Minds Battle Deadly Virus

Scientists at America's premier biological research center race in military confinement to find effective drugs, speedier tests and a safe vaccine amid the deadliest outbreak of Ebola in history More

Kurdish Poet Battles to Defend Language, Culture

Kawa Nemir's work is an example of what he sees as an irreversible cultural and political assertiveness among Kurds in Turkey More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Haron from: Afghanistan
August 24, 2013 1:09 PM
it is a must and good that USA and other countries should accept the need of Afghanistan and Afghan People like (permanent peace, economic, stability, safe country that no country should use Afghanistan policy against third party) otherwise I think this agreement won't assign by Karzai or another next president. because the big decisions are belong to Afghanistan people not in the hands of Government.


by: Davis K. Thanjan from: New York
August 24, 2013 11:24 AM
Afghan President Ahmed Karzai has a big mouth. He is negotiating the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) publically in the press for political reasons. His demand for compensation for the massacre of 16 Afghan citizens by the US army sergeant is reasonable, but he should discus with the US government and not in the press. His demand that the US should be responsible not only for the security but also for the economic stability of Afghanistan is too far fetched. If that is the demand, what is the responsibility left for Karzai as president of the country? If Karzai does not sign the BSA before the US troops leave Afghanistan, his fate will be determined by Taliban and al Qaida. Karzai can demand security and economic stability from Taliban and al-Qaida!

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Egypt's Suez Canal Dreams Tempered by Continued Unresti
X
Heather Murdock
January 30, 2015 8:00 PM
Egypt plans to expand the Suez Canal, raising hopes that the end of its economic crisis may be in sight. But some analysts say they expect the project may cost too much and take too long to make life better for everyday Egyptians. VOA's Heather Murdock reports.
Video

Video Egypt's Suez Canal Dreams Tempered by Continued Unrest

Egypt plans to expand the Suez Canal, raising hopes that the end of its economic crisis may be in sight. But some analysts say they expect the project may cost too much and take too long to make life better for everyday Egyptians. VOA's Heather Murdock reports.
Video

Video Threat of Creeping Lava Has Hawaiians on Edge

Residents of the small town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii face an advancing threat from the Kilauea volcano. Local residents are keeping a watchful eye on creeping lava. Mike O’Sullivan reports.
Video

Video Pro-Kremlin Youth Group Creatively Promotes 'Patriotic' Propaganda

As Russia's President Vladimir Putin faces international pressure over Ukraine and a failing economy, unofficial domestic groups are rallying to his support. One such youth organization, CET, or Network, uses creative multimedia to appeal to Russia's urban youth with patriotic propaganda. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Mobile Infrared Scanners May Help Homeowners Save Energy

Mobile photo scanners have been successfully employed for navigational purposes, such as Google Maps. Now, a group of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says the same technology could help homeowners better insulate their houses and save some money. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Filmmakers Produce Hand-Painted Documentary on Van Gogh

The troubled life of the famous 19th century Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh has been told through many books and films, but never in the way a group of filmmakers now intends to do. "Loving Vincent " will be the first ever feature-length film made of animated hand-painted images, done in the style of the late artist. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Issues or Ethnicity? Question Divides Nigeria

As Nigeria goes to the polls next month, many expect the two top presidential contenders to gain much of their support from constituencies organized along ethnic or religious lines. But are faith and regional blocs really what political power in Nigeria is about? Chris Stein reports.
Video

Video Rock-Consuming Organisms Alter Views of Life Processes

Scientists thought they knew much about how life works, until a discovery more than two decades ago challenged conventional beliefs. Scientists found that there are organisms that breathe rocks. And it is only recently that the scientific community is accepting that there are organisms that could get energy out of rocks. Correspondent Elizabeth Lee reports.
Video

Video Paris Attacks Highlight Global Weapons Black Market

As law enforcement officials piece together how the Paris and Belgian terror cells carried out their recent attacks, questions are being asked about how they obtained military grade assault weapons - which are illegal in the European Union. As VOA's Jeff Swicord reports, experts say there is a very active worldwide black market for these weapons, and criminals and terrorists are buying.
Video

Video Activists Accuse China of Targeting Religious Freedom

The U.S.-based Chinese religious rights group ChinaAid says 2014 was the worst year for religious freedom in China since the end of the Cultural Revolution. As Ye Fan reports, activists say Beijing has been tightening religious controls ever since Chinese leader Xi Jinping came to office. Hu Wei narrates.
Video

Video Theologians Cast Doubt on Morality of Drone Strikes

In 2006, stirred by photos of U.S. soldiers mistreating Iraqi prisoners, a group of American faith leaders and academics launched the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. It played an important role in getting Congress to investigate, and the president to ban, torture. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Former Sudan 'Lost Boy' Becomes Chess Master in NYC

In the mid-1980’s, thousands of Sudanese boys escaped the country's civil war by walking for weeks, then months and finally for more than a year, up to 1,500 kilometers across three countries. The so-called Lost Boys of the Sudan had little time for games. But one of them later mastered the game of chess, and now teaches it to children in the New York area. VOA’s Bernard Shusman in New York has his story.
Video

Video NASA Monitors Earth’s Vital Signs From Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, is wrapping up its busiest 12-month period in more than a decade, with three missions launched in 2014 and two this month, one in early January and the fifth scheduled for January 29. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, the instruments being lifted into orbit are focused on Earth’s vital life support systems and how they are responding to a warmer planet.

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More

All About America

AppleAndroid