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Passion Islam I February 2010 NEWS I 3
UK plans
fund to ‘help’
Taliban fighters lay down their help the Kabul government offer a high on the agenda of the conference.
weapons as they surrender to the way out of violence for Afghans who Miliband warned that with the Taliban
government of Herat Province in had joined the Taliban, but were not installing shadow governors and
western Afghanistan. committed to its ideology and could courts “the Afghan authorities need
The British government has be encouraged to return to civilian to guard against not just being
suggested setting up an international life. outgunned but also being out-
trust fund to donate money to those “The insurgency is not a monolith; governed.” British and US diplomats
Taliban militants who voluntarily lay it comprises many different groups and intelligence officers have been
down their arms. which have, to a greater or lesser approaching Taliban commanders
According to the The Guardian extent, co-opted foreign fighters, local that are considered “reconcilable”.
newspaper, British Foreign Secretary tribes, those who are involved in the Speaking at a news conference
David Miliband told UK lawmakers drug trade and mercenary fighters Miliband said that efforts are also
that he hoped the upcoming London paid as little as $10 a day,” he said. underway to encourage local poppy
conference would agree to what he He made it clear that tackling growers to grow wheat.
called a “reintegration program” to corruption in Afghanistan will also be
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