Afghan Pres Says He Won't Interfere With Investigators

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he
won't interfere with Western-backed investigation teams pursuing corruption cases -- even if investigators go after his friends and
allies.

Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts warned Karzai earlier this month that Congress is losing patience with bribery, favoritism and graft in Afghanistan. The corruption is costing trust in the Karzai government at a crucial time in the war.

Karzai also has assured Afghan women that their rights will not be sacrificed in the pursuit of a peace deal with the Taliban. Women's groups have voiced concerns that the Taliban will again ban women from most jobs and education, as they did during their years in power.

The Afghan president made his comments in an interview today on ABC News' "This Week with Christiane Amanpour."


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