Kabul will need aid for a long time: Karzai
Afghanistan will need international aid for a long time to come if it is to bolster its security and rebuild its institutions, President Hamid Karzai said on Monday during a visit to Denmark.
Karzai, who made a brief visit to the Scandinavian country ahead of this week's donors' conference in London, urged the international community to continue to support Afghanistan's stabilisation process.
"Afghanistan will need the support of the international community for many more years to come. How many years? Perhaps for five to 10 years, perhaps a bit longer with some difficult aspects of nation-building," he told reporters after a meeting with Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
He said significant progress had been made since the ouster of the fundamentalist Taliban in late 2001, especially in terms of security, "but we need to do a lot in order to achieve what we desire as a nation to achieve."
He said the work "will take us many more years to accomplish: the work of institution-building, the work of being able to take our security over in our own hands, the work to defend our country ourselves."
The international community has pledged more than three billion dollars per year, excluding military spending, to rebuild Afghanistan, half of which has been financed by the United States.
But the Afghan government manages less than a quarter of the funds, the rest being spent directly by creditors through the United Nations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or private companies.
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