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U.S. Concerned About U.N's Handling Of Afghanistan Funds

  • RFE/RL

The United States has expressed its concern with the United Nations Development Program over the administration of a trust fund to pay Afghan National Police.

In two letters released by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the U.S. showed irregularities in the fund.

These included a $23.8 million diverted as a result of a "pension deduction," other dubious deductions from ANP salaries, evidence of fraud and payments to "ghost employees" who may not be reporting to work.

The U.S. and other donors have contributed roughly $3.17 billion to the fund since 2002.

The UNDP responded in a letter stating that it had gone "beyond" its responsibility for the fund and brought the concerns to the government of Afghanistan, and created a working group to address payroll issues.

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