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G-8 Ministers Urged to Fund Afghan Rebuilding - 2002-06-13


The United States is asking other large industrialized nations to fund the new Afghan government as the war-torn country tries to re-build itself.

U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell made the appeal (Thursday) to foreign ministers meeting in British Columbia, Canada, ahead of this month's summit of leaders from the Group of Eight industrial powers.

Secretary Powell said Washington has put more than 300-million dollars into Afghan recovery efforts this year. He told his counterparts the best way to ensure stability in Afghanistan is to keep the money flowing.

Canada's Foreign Minister Bill Graham said if Afghan power barons have all the resources and the central government has none, the world will never be able to deal with Afghanistan.

The Group of Eight industrialized countries includes the United States, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Russia.

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