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Conference Unveils Five-Year Plan for Afghanistan's Development


Delegates to an international conference on Afghanistan are using the second day of the London meeting to discuss the nation's post-war problems with security, reconstruction and opium-traffickers.

On Tuesday, the conference unveiled a five-year plan that includes wiping out illegal armed groups by 2007 - and establishing a respected national army and justice system by 2010.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai told the conference that eliminating insurgents and the opium production that supports them will be a difficult task. He said it will take at least a decade to develop alternative sources of income for farmers and to totally eliminate poppy production.

Donor countries have pledged almost $5 billion in aid so far, with the United States promising $1.1 billion for the war-torn country.