(emphasis added) See the full roundtable transcript here. You tell me, does that suggest there is a signed Afghan-U.S. SOFA? He seemed to back pedal in that last answer, as if he had said something he shouldn't have, or did he just mispeak? If any of our intrepid readers have gouge on this topic please share in the comments, exactly why we allow anonymous comments.
QUESTION: Is -- given the unprecedented nature of the -- well, except for perhaps Afghanistan and dealing with it, is there a model or something that you can look to, obviously with revisions for the country specific, is there anything out there that resembles this already? You talk about security agreements with a hundred other countries, but essentially, you know, there's no combat going on in South Korea, there's no combat in Japan, there's no combat in lots of places where there's SOFA agreements.
CROCKER: I think it's going to be a combination of all of those things. Again, looking at agreements that we do have because there are going to be elements of those that are probably pretty common across the board, it will be looking at existing authorities which again are granted through the Security Council Resolution, but figuring out how best to carry those forward from a multilateral to a bilateral context. Looking at precedents in Afghanistan is the one that comes to mind and might be useful there. But then a lot of this is going to be unique to the situation in Iraq.
QUESTION: And what does this do -- and what will it do with CPA 17, particularly the contractor issue?
CROCKER: Yeah, the question of immunities? Yeah, that clearly is going to be part of the negotiation.
QUESTION: Is that included in the Afghan agreement?
CROCKER: I don't know. I don't know. I don't believe the Afghan agreement goes into detail on the immunity issue.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
In a previous CAAFlog discussion, here, we have mentioned the lack of a Status of Forces Agreement between the United States and Afghanistan. I was still under the impression that no SOFA between the U.S. and Afghanistan was in place . . . until yesterday. In an interview with the Associated Press, Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker seemed to indicate that such a SOFA did exist. Here is the excerpt: