Brahimi urges funding for Afghan Interim Authority

“We have said before this new Administration needs to pay salaries to its employees, they have not been paid for the past six months and salaries are also needed for the next six months,” said Ahmad Fawzi, spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi. “To pay salaries you need cash,” Mr. Fawzi told reporters in Kabul.Referring to the Start-Up Fund created for that purpose, Mr Fawzi said that despite some pledges, “very little cash” had come through. “It is time for the international community to stop talking and to start delivering help; in particular the Afghan Authority is counting on the international community to help pay salaries, and that help is not coming as fast as it should,” he said.Established following talks in Bonn last month among various Afghan factions, the Start-Up Fund sought $20 million, of which some $17 million were pledged and $3 million received.Mr. Fawzi also reported on meetings held over the weekend between Mr. Brahimi and members of Afghan civil society, the Interim Administration and the diplomatic community in Kabul. These included talks with the United States Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, the Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, Sultan Ayub Khan, and the Chairman of the Interim Administration of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai.Also this weekend, Mr. Brahimi attended the inauguration of the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul, where Mr. Ayub Khan announced a contribution of $100 million towards the reconstruction of Afghanistan. Mr. Brahimi expressed his satisfaction to see Pakistan “resuming business in Afghanistan,” which would help the Kabul authorities to turn a new page in their history – one of progress, reconstruction and peace. read more

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Sandi Sola SEHA President We want the Slovenians and Hungarian clubs to

Sandi Sola was confident of SEHA league future at the press-conference after the end of the Final Four in Zagreb, noting the negative and positive things of the first season of this regional league. “The future of the SEHA is not questionable. I am certain that the next season will be much better, and we are aware of some failures of this season’s SEHA and we will try to fix them. The only question that is open right now is the enlarging of the league. We want the Slovenian clubs to join us, but we will wait few more weeks for their decision. The Hungarians are also interested in joining us, and there are intensive negotiations going on with them.” Hungary handballSandi ŠolaSEHASlovenia handball ← Previous Story Ivica Obrvan fired from RK Zagreb! Goluza new coach! Next Story → Palicka prolongs contract with THW Kiel read more

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