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UN’s Ban Says Afghans Must Use $16 Billion in Donations ‘Wisely’

July 08, 2012

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended that Afghanistan “wisely” use $16 billion in aid for the country from international donors.

He spoke to reporters in Tokyo today after a conference on Afghanistan in the city.

On Afghanistan: “The UN will work in promoting stability. We will also help to promote human rights and especially marginalized people - women and girls.”

On Syria: “We have to implement these security-council resolutions, including the six-point plan.”

On problems in South China Sea: “I sincerely hope that these situations can be resolved through diplomatic negotiations and dialogue.”

On Japan’s desire to become a permanent security council member: “I’m very aware of Japan’s aspirations. Japan has been working very hard.”

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Tighe at

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