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Published:March 30th, 2009 15:39 EST

NATO Helps Fund Afghan National Army

By SOP newswire3


In response to a request by Afghan Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak at the meeting of NATO defence ministers in Budapest, October 2008, Allies agreed to broaden the existing Afghan National Army (ANA) Trust Fund to include support for the ANA`s long-term sustainment.

This decision, which is supported by the United Nations` Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA), makes the broadened ANA Trust Fund the main channel for International Community funding of ANA sustainment.  The broadened Fund will run for a period of five years, subject to renewal.

A project board will be established in Kabul to monitor the use of the funds and review progress. The Commander of ISAF, the Commander of Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A) and representatives from Afghan Authorities will act as co-chairmen of this new body that will include membership of the broad donor community.

A dedicated bank account has been opened under NATO auspices to receive contributions from nations and organizations.

Established in 2007, the ANA Trust Fund was originally limited to assist with the payment of transportation and installation costs of equipment donations by ISAF nations to the ANA.

NATO`s decision comes as part the International Community`s resolve to further enhance its efforts to build-up strong, capable and self-sustaining Afghan national security forces.