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NZ to spend $43m on Bamyan reconstruction: Coleman

NZ to spend $43m on Bamyan reconstruction: Coleman

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Apr 18, 2012 - 20:29

BAMYAN CITY (PANinfo-icon): The New Zealand minister of defence, who arrived in Bamyan on Wednesday, said his country would spend $43 million (2.1 billion afs) on reconstructioninfo-icon projects over the next four years in the central province.

Dr Jonathan Coleman told a news conference in Bamyan City, the provincial capital, New Zealand was yet to decide on withdrawing its soldiers. The troops would stay there for some more time, he said, without giving a specific date.

Coleman said his visit to the province was aimed to assess the security situation there.

Also present at the conference was Governor Habiba Surabi, who thanked the visiting dignitary for his country's support to Bamyan. New Zealand should continue funding development activity in the province, she added.

New Zealand has 120 soldiers under command of NATOinfo-icon-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) soldiers, all of them based in Bamyan.

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