Madrid: The Afghan government must outline
how international funding for a plan to reintegrate Taliban
fighters who renounce violence will be overseen before it can
begin operating, US special envoy Richard Holbrooke said on Tuesday.
"The details of how it will be administered and overseen
are quite important to the donor governments so there is no
question of the diversion of funds," he told a Madrid news
The US envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan said he expected
the details of how the so-called Afghanistan Peace and
Reconciliation Programme will be run to be announced before an
international conference in Kabul on July 20.
"We emphasise the absolute essentiality of the programme
actually being signed into law, in detail, and up and running
by the time we get to Kabul. This is much too important a
programme for delays," he said.
Holbrooke estimated that over over USD 200 million had so
far been pledged to the fund, which will be used to set up
retraining centres and create jobs and buy land for former
"I would also like to see literacy programs, one of the
great needs of Afghanistan is to increase literacy in every
walk of life, certainly involving poor people who have been
misled into joining the Taliban because they think the Taliban
represents their religion which it does not," he said.