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Monday, 3 December, 2001, 13:51 GMT
Afghan talks: Key points

As Afghanistan's main factions continue to debate the country's political future at United Nations sponsored talks near Bonn, BBC News Online looks at what has been provisionally agreed at the conference so far:

  • An interim body presided over by a chairman will be set up as a first step towards the establishment of a permanent government of Afghanistan

  • The interim authority will be composed of an administration of 25 members, a supreme court, and a special independent commission charged with convening a Loya Jirga - or grand assembly - within six months

  • Members of the interim authority will be picked from lists submitted by the delegations at the talks, and will take into account the ethnic, geographic and religious make-up of Afghanistan

  • Former king Zahir Shah may lead the first session of the Loya Jirga, which will elect a transitional authority - including a head of state - to run Afghanistan for about two years until a constitution is drawn up and elections are held

  • All Afghan armed forces and armed groups will come under the control of the interim authority pending either their dissolution or their integration into the new Afghan security forces, which will be established with the help of the United Nations
See also:

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25 Nov 01 | South Asia
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01 Dec 01 | South Asia
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