Germany to host third Afghan conference

11th February 2004, Comments 0 comments

11 February 2004 , BERLIN - A third international Afghanistan conference will be held in Germany next month, a foreign ministry spokesman said Wednesday confirming a media report. The meeting will take place in Berlin on 31 March and 1 April, said German Foreign Ministry chief spokesman Walter Lindner. Germany hosted an Afghan conference in December 2001 near Bonn which agreed a transitional government and political roadmap for the country after the overthrow of the Taliban regime. A second conference in D

11 February 2004

BERLIN - A third international Afghanistan conference will be held in Germany next month, a foreign ministry spokesman said Wednesday confirming a media report.

The meeting will take place in Berlin on 31 March and 1 April, said German Foreign Ministry chief spokesman Walter Lindner.

Germany hosted an Afghan conference in December 2001 near Bonn which agreed a transitional government and political roadmap for the country after the overthrow of the Taliban regime.

A second conference in December 2002 agreed setting up an Afghan national army and reviewed compliance with previous agreements.

United States officials had expressed doubts over the need for a third conference given that Afghanistan is due to have elections in June, said the Financial Times Deutschland, the paper's German edition.

But Afghan officials and the United Nations pressed for the meeting.

Afghanistan's finance minister told leaders of the G7 industrial nations at their Boca Raton, Florida meeting last week that the country needed USD 28.5 billion (EUR 22.50 billion) in the next seven years.

Donor nations pledged USD 4.5 billion for Afghanistan at a 2002 conference in Tokyo.

DPA
Subject: German news 

 

 

0 Comments To This Article