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UN Calls for More Outside Help for Afghanistan

The Security Council pressed world governments on Thursday to do more to improve security in Afghanistan ahead of parliamentary and provincial elections set for September. The international community should also provide more aid to boost efforts to end the Afghan economy’s reliance on illegal narcotics, the council said in unanimously adopting a resolution extending the mandate of the UN assistance mission in the central Asian nation for an additional year. UN member nations could provide more troops to an international force in Afghanistan as well as equipment and financial aid to help the government conduct free and fair elections following a successful presidential ballot last year, the resolution said. Afghans chose Hamid Karzai as their president in an Oct. 9 election that took place in a relatively calm atmosphere and with few serious irregularities. Full Story

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