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Karzai facing hard sell at Tokyo meet this weekend

ACCOUNTABILITY ROADMAP:The Afghan president has said he will ask for US$4 billion annually for 2015 to 2018, but he is facing donor fatigue and graft worries

AP, KABUL

Humanitarian groups and aid agencies fear the conference will focus on accountability and managing declining funds to the detriment of Afghanistan’s needy.

“The Tokyo conference will decide the lives of millions of people for years to come. We know that when the troops leave the attention will leave,” said Christine Roehrs, spokeswoman for Save the Children in Afghanistan. “We are worried that at Tokyo they will be talking about the conditions for aid rather than the aid itself.”

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