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Cablegate: Afghan Aid: Dutch Pledge Eur 82.5 Million Over

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.




E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: A. STATE 258067

B. THE HAGUE 02321

1. Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation Agnes van
Ardenne announced at the September 21 Dubai international
donors meeting that the Netherlands would contribute EUR 82.5
million (USD 95 million) to Afghanistan reconstruction over
the period of 2003-2006. The money will be directed to the
Afghan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF). Ms. Marit van
Zomeren of the MFA's Southern Asia Division provided the
following breakdown of the Dutch pledge:

-- 2003 -- EUR 35 million (EUR 17.5 million of this total
already distributed since Sept 21 announcement)
-- 2004 -- EUR 17.5 million
-- 2005 -- EUR 15 million
-- 2006 -- EUR 15 million

2. In addition to these ARTF pledges, the Netherlands may
also provide a small amount of bilateral funding to a handful
of select projects (ref B) in Afghanistan, but the MFA has
not released any details.

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