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Turkmenistan Cancels Afghan Debt


February 21, 2007 -- Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov announced today that his government has written off nearly $4 million in debt owed by neighboring Afghanistan for electricity.


Berdymukhammedov said the debt has been accumulating since 2002 and was eliminated as a "goodwill gesture" to help Afghanistan recover from decades of war.


Turkmenistan has been supplying electricity at a discounted price to parts of northern Afghanistan since 2002.


(AP)

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