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Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 11, 2007


Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will deliver remarks at the formal announcement of the Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan on Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the U.S. Department of State. The Public-Private Partnership will be co-chaired by Thomas A. Schweich, U.S. Coordinator for Counternarcotics and Justice Reform in Afghanistan, and Robert C. O'Brien, Partner, Arent Fox LLP and former U.S. Alternate Representative to the United Nations.

This new initiative is an opportunity for America's legal community to support development of the rule of law in Afghanistan. The partnership will allow firms to demonstrate their commitment to improving the justice system in Afghanistan by funding low-cost, high-impact projects promoting women's rights, access to justice, legal aid, professional development, and other important justice-related activities.

This event is pool press coverage for cameras and open press coverage for writers and still photographers.

Pre-set time for cameras: 3:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance

Access time for writers and stills: 4:30 p.m. from the C Street entrance

Final access time for all press: 4:45 p.m. from the C Street entrance

Media representatives may cover the Secretary’s remarks upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).

More information about the Public-Private Partnership is available for download from the State Department website at http://www.state.gov/p/inl/partnership/index.htm or http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2007/nov/95296.htm

Press Contacts: 
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
Susan Pittman 202-647-2842
Barbara Silberstein 202-736-4144
Office of Press Relations 202-647-2492

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Released on December 11, 2007

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