Summary Report on Proceedings
Consistent with the understandings reached at the meeting of the ASG in Montreux, 7-8 December 2000, a Mid Term Review meeting was held in Islamabad. The objectives of the meeting were as follows:
To take stock of the humanitarian and political situation in the country and the response provided to date
To give consideration to key policy questions, specifically with respect to
a) IDPs and refugees,
b) Expanding funding support for longer-term programme interventions as well as efforts to address the effects of the ban on poppy cultivation.
The Chairman of the Afghanistan Support Group, after consultations with the Group, expresses alarm at reports that the warring parties in Afghanistan are once again making preparations for another round of fighting which is likely to lead to further loss of life and additional human suffering for the civilian population. The donor community is particularly concerned that considerable human, material and financial resources are devoted to the war effort while a severe drought is affecting a large part of the country.