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Leaders and diplomats to attend Afghan International Donor Conference

07-19-2010 19:38 BJT

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The one-day meeting of International Donor conference will open on Tuesday in the Afghan capital, Kabul. International leaders and diplomats from 60 countries will attend.

At the conference, Afghan President Hamid Karzai will plead to the international community for more control of 13 billion U.S. dollars in aid and development. In return, Karzai's government will pledge to improve financial management and fight corruption.

Those attending the conference are expected to adopt a paper which outlines how this turnaround will occur. However, there are widespread doubts on whether it can be achieved.

The US and other donor nations believe that strengthening the Afghan government is the only way to end their military involvement in Afghanistan. But many Afghans remain skeptical.

Shukria Barekzai, Afghan lawmaker and political analyst, said, "They are like playing with each other, they are cheating with each other, they are only speaking nice and wonderful reports and good promises, which is we as a nation, we are tired from the lip service, we are tired to have more casualties, we are tired of living in war."

United Nations special envoy for Afghanistan Saffan De Mistura says the country is now ready to take more responsibility in order to deal with its own problems. Western nations are prepared to hand over control to Afghan authorities and to fund their projects as long as they dealt with corruption.

Staffan de Mistura, UN envoy, said, "There has been a lot of pressure from us - from the international community - on them to say 'Now it is time for you to take more responsibility and more accountability - that comes with it - which means corruption needs to be very well controlled, otherwise money will not move in that direction."

On Tuesday, Karzai will ask the international community to allocate at least 80 percent of development and governance assistance over the next two years to a list of more than 20 national priority programs.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: CNTV.CN

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