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Afghanistan Gets Aid to Rebuild National Army - 2002-05-18


Donor countries have pledged enough money to form a national army, a police force and a legal system in Afghanistan.

But officials from the United Nations, the United States and Afghanistan -- who are leading efforts to organize the security plan -- say more pledges will be needed at time goes on.

International donors discussed the future of Afghanistan at a meeting Friday in Geneva.

Plans calls for investments of about 300-million-dollars in an Afghan army and 100-million in the police force. Funds will also be used to clamp down on the narcotics trade, and demobilize members of armed groups in Afghanistan.

The United States has promised about 70-million-dollars to train the army, and Britain has pledged 50-million to help eliminate the production of the drug opium. Germany has volunteered to set up and train the police force, Italy to create a legal system, and Japan to help in the demobilization program.

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