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World Donors Debate Aid for Afghanistan - 2001-12-20


Major aid donors to Afghanistan are meeting today (Thursday) in Brussels to debate aid for the country as it ends two decades of war.

Delegates from nearly 100 countries, non-governmental organizations and international bodies have opened a two day conference on ways to rebuild the impoverished country.

Conference organizers say the meeting is designed to assess the most urgently needed reconstruction projects for Afghanistan.

Today's conference was organized by group formed in Washington in November under the auspices of the European Union, the United States, Japan and Saudi Arabia.

European Commissioner for External Affairs Chris Patten said the conference will be looking at important projects that will make a real difference in people's lives in Afghanistan.

The pledging of donors' financial commitments will be made at a meeting in Tokyo in January.

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