What is state failure? See my conceptualisation of state failure on the right flank below.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Paris is worth a mass (gathering of donors)

Which is why I'm pasting here almost all of this AFP report. Just noting what matters the most this week.
"KABUL (AFP) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai headed to The Netherlands Monday for a short visit before a donors' meet in Paris where he will ask for support for a 50.1-billion-dollar development plan.
Karzai was to spend two days in The Netherlands and was due to meet Queen Beatrix and Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende among other officials, his office said in a statement announcing his departure.
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From The Netherlands, Karzai will travel to Paris where he was due to open a conference on Thursday bringing together the Afghan government and a host of supporting countries and agencies.
On the table will be the five-year Afghanistan National Development Strategy, a blueprint for an ambitious reconstruction process that depends on international funding.
Karzai is due to address the one-day meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, before dozens of delegations present their statements."

Illustration (photo by Reuters from here): Hamid Karzai, submerged in talks with Dutch PM Jan Peter Balkenende. No, to my best knowledge they haven't discussed if there's a possibility that the Netherlands might buy up all of Afghanistan's hashish in order to solve all of the countryside's problems there.

And that's where the rather simple-minded and irresponsible joking ends. This is serious stuff from now on. Eyes on Paris.

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