Tuesday, 16th November 2001




Re: Establishment of the Movement for the National Congress of Afghanistan (MNCA)

For a democratic and secular Afghanistan

Brussels – 10 November 2001


The founding Assembly of the «Movement for the National Congress of Afghanistan » (MNCA) was held on November 10, 2001 in Brussels .

It gathered together more than 400 representatives of Afghanistan ’s civil society opposing all forms of extremism and violence.

The MNCA is an independent secular movement and is not affiliated to any political, ethnic or religious group or party.

The MNCA has elected a stirring committee consisting of:

- An advisory council of 49 members

- A co-ordination committee of 13 people, including 6 women.

Latif PEDRAM, a well-known academic and writer who was forced to leave Afghanistan in 1998 and has been living since in Paris , has been designated as the spokesperson for the MCNA.



The founding members of the MNCA work on a common project aiming towards the creation of a democratic and secular political system in Afghanistan , respectful of human rights, full equality of women and men and all other civil liberties including freedom of consciousness.

To this end the MNCA intends to:

Actively inform and raise awareness among political and diplomatic circles (both international and Afghan), international institutions and the general public regarding crucial issues at stake in promoting democratic and secular alternatives for Afghanistan .

Develop and propose political options which reflect the aspirations of the Afghan people for peace and democracy.


Contacts (Paris - France )



E-mail: mcnafghan@hotmail.com- Web Site: http://www.mcna.fr.st



Almost a quarter of a century of uninterrupted war and insecurity has forced nearly one quarter of the Afghan people into exile to neighbouring and distant countries. In fact most of the civil society, political representatives and executives, intellectuals, scientific and economic elites of Afghanistan , as well as its academia, writers and artists, have been living in exile in neighbouring countries ( Pakistan and Iran ) and in Europe and North America .

These men and women, from all ethnic groups of Afghanistan , represent a force, if not an essential force for the political, economic and social reconstruction of their country.

They share the same ideals of freedom of expression, peace, equality, democracy and independence. Ideals and aspirations that are practised as rights often acquired at great cost, in their host countries. Aspirations, which have always existed in Afghanistan , a fact too often forgotten, even prior to the Soviet invasion of 1978.

The unacceptable situation in Afghanistan is the result of numerous instances of political, military and economic interference since 1978, the last manifestation of which was the Taliban dictatorship and the presence of Oussama Bin Laden and his mercenaries.

The resistance of the Afghan people to successive attempted invasions is well known. However, the weakness of the political and institutional organisation of the country and the suppression or elimination of all democratic forces have prevented the transition from the military option to the political option.

Transition from a militarised phase to a political one is presently the central issue. Numerous plans and projects are being considered which purport to be a basis for a viable and long lasting political future for the country. However, even in the scenario where the repressive Taliban regime is definitively eliminated, the "solutions" being proposed – the return of the former king Zaher and of the Loya Jirga, the participation of so-called "moderate" Taliban, among others – cannot ensure a satisfactory and long lasting end to the crisis. Moreover, these proposals represent options, which have historically proven their inefficiency and damaging effects.

In particular, they offer neither a democratic perspective nor a guarantee of peaceful coexistence both within the country and with neighbouring countries.

However, democracy and guarantees for peaceful coexistence are of primary importance.

Thus, any consideration and any project relating to the future political structure of Afghanistan must necessarily take into account «the right to self-determination» as defined in the United Nations Charter as well as the question of fundamental liberties, human rights, democracy, political pluralism and peace.

By the same token they must put an end to the various processes of confrontation - especially political and religious- which have driven Afghanistan to the brink of the abyss, and on the other hand ensure the integration of new social and political elements which have emerged during the last twenty-three years of almost continual war.

These are the obligatory preconditions for bringing any viable solution to the present crisis, and not the eventual medium or long-term consequences of this process.

Afghanistan is no more destined to remain a bastion of traditionalism than it is to continue to be the theatre for the «Great Game».

There is no other viable political alternative for Afghanistan than the democratic and secular option.