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U-N Seeks 20-Million Dollars For Interim Afghan Government - 2001-12-19


The United Nations has opened a fund for Afghanistan's new interim government and is seeking 20-million dollars to pay for the government's start-up costs.

The expenses include the convening of the national council (loya jirga) of Afghan leaders that will choose a more permanent government next spring.

Other costs include officials' salaries, teachers' salaries, office supplies, and the establishment of civil service, judicial, and human rights commissions. The commissions were called for in the Bonn accord that four Afghan factions signed earlier this month.

U-N officials say they are appealing to donor countries, non-governmental organizations, foundations and the private sector to help get the interim government started. The new administration is set to take power Saturday.

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