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EU Pledges Extra Election Funding To Afghanistan

5 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- The European Union today said it would give Afghanistan an extra 9 million euros ($11.2 million) for the 18 September parliamentary elections.

EU Foreign Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner, who is on a visit to Kabul, also said Brussels would provide substantial help after the polls.

The EU Commission and individual European states have given Afghanistan 3.8 billion euros ($4.8 billion) since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. That includes 8.5 million euros provided by the EU to help organize the upcoming elections.

Also today, Ferrero-Waldner called upon Afghan authorities to intensify efforts against poppy growing.

Afghanistan is the world's main source of poppy-derived opium and its refined form, heroin.


For more on the Afghan elections, see RFE/RL and Radio Free Afghanistan's dedicated "Afghanistan Votes 2004-05" webpage.