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Japanese Navy Arrives in Pakistan with Afghan Aid - 2001-12-12


Two Japanese naval ships have docked at the Pakistani port city of Karachi with aid for Afghan refugees.

Relief goods including tents, blankets, water containers and sleeping mats were unloaded and handed over today (Wednesday) to a representative for the U-N High Commissioner for Refugees.

Pakistan hosts several million Afghan refugees after two decades of war and civil strife.

Meanwhile, a Tokyo conference on rebuilding Afghanistan has entered its second day. About 30 non-government Afghan organizations are asking Japan to give their country immediate and sustained development help.

They say the country has gone through more than 20 years of war and now it needs help in clearing landmines, re-establishing schools and providing food and shelter for refugees.

Beside aid groups, Japanese lawmakers and government officials from the United States, Britain, Russia and Germany are taking part in the three-day meeting.

The conference seeks to draw up specific proposals ahead of a ministerial meeting of Afghanistan's donor countries to be held in Tokyo next month.

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