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Originally published Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 4:05 AM

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Karzai critical of aid bypassing Afghan gov't

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is renewing pledges to tackle corruption but says "parallel structures" that channel support past his government weaken its effectiveness.

The Associated Press

MUNICH —

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is renewing pledges to tackle corruption but says "parallel structures" that channel support past his government weaken its effectiveness.

Karzai said at a security conference in Munich Sunday that his government intends this year to "focus on the drivers of corruption" - for instance by improving laws and regulations and developing land management programs.

But he says private security firms, the international force's provincial reconstruction teams and direct support to provincial offices "don't produce the desired result, rather they are contributing to weakened Afghan government."

He says the ultimate goal should be "to enable Afghanistan to take all responsibility for the delivery of governance and services."

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