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Netherlands threatens to pull Afghan aid

Friday 13 November 2009

The Netherlands will withdraw €25m of aid to Afghanistan unless the government takes proper action against corruption, aid minister Bert Koenders said on Thursday.

The aid money is used to pay teachers and medical personnel as well as build power stations, water purification plants and provide microcredit.

President Hamid Karzai's government must take 'measurable steps' based on various international corruption indices, ministry spokeswoman Annelou van Egmond told news agency AFP.


There must be clarity about the new government's programme, Koenders said. This must include how corruption and the drugs trade are to be tackled and a proper civil service will be built up.

'The time for fine words is over,' the Telegraaf quoted foreign minister Maxime Verhagen as saying. Corruption and bad management are one reason that the Taliban is still supported by the general population in some parts of the country, he said.

The Netherlands has some 1,800 soldiers and support staff in the southern province of Uruzgan but the Dutch role in the Nato-led efforts to bring stability is due to end next August.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

damn right, we should all follow this example, we should stop aid to Africa too as it never gets to the ppl who need it but to the corrupt politicians

By adhd | 13 November 2009 4:02 PM

I am extremely happy to know about this! As since last few years billion of dollars have been pumped in bu the International Community but one can see no results of any progress in Afghanistan, which is due to the corruption at the top levels of the Afghan government.

People of Afghanistan are suffering but the leadership is making millions,shifting to their foreign accounts! What a Shame!!

Dutch government should not send any single cent over there until unless there are guarantees of intentions to stop this looting and plundering of the Aid.

Unfortunately Mr.Abdullah Abdullah was forced to boycott the elections! He is the one who can control the corruption and other Mal functioning of the Afghan government.

Our development minister Mr.Bert Koender (who is for sure doing justice to his port folio) should send a strong message to those who have been involve in corruption.

By Khalid Ahmed Chaudry | 14 November 2009 7:31 PM

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