Schwarzenberg: Afghan government should be supported in spite of corruption


Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg said Sunday that while a part of foreign aid to Afghanistan was being lost due to corruption within the Afghan government, the alliance must continue to provide its support. Appearing on a Czech Television debate programme broadcast from Afghanistan, Mr Schwarzenberg said that every government in the region of Afghanistan was corrupt, that it cannot be rectified within five years, and that the Czech Republic was hardly in a position to criticise corruption elsewhere. The Czech Republic has implemented 131 projects in Afghanistan at a cost of 200 million crowns, primarily in the province of Logar.