Afghanistan wants int'l community to canalize aid through gov't

Kabul, January 27, 2008 (Xinhua): Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta said Sunday that Kabul would call on the donor nations at the coming Paris Conference to canalize their contribution through the government of Afghanistan.

"At Paris Conference we would call on the international community to spend its aid through the budget of the government of Afghanistan," Spanta told reporters at a press conference here.

He also admitted that only a small part of the international community's contribution had been spent through the government of Afghanistan.

He made this statement while majority of Afghans have been criticizing their government for what they described its failure to utilize billions of U.S. dollars flooded by international community for the reconstruction of the war-torn nation.

International community has pledged more than 16 billion U.S. dollars since Tokyo Conference held in 2002 for the reconstruction of the post-Taliban Afghanistan.

In London Conference held nearly two years ago, the international community besides pledging 4.5 billion U.S. dollars to Afghanistan agreed to canalize only 20 percent of the contribution through Afghan government.

Paris Conference with the support of France is going to be held in early June this year with an objective to review the outcome of international support to Afghanistan and renewing the commitment for the rebuilding of the post-Taliban nation.

"We are sure that the international community once again renews its commitment for the reconstruction of Afghanistan and war on terror at Paris Conference," the Afghan top diplomat said.