Afghanistan: Drugs

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of William Hague William Hague Shadow Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role the UK plays in the Good Performance Initiative in Afghanistan; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Margaret Beckett Margaret Beckett Foreign Secretary

The UK supports the Good Performers Initiative (GPI) which is a partnership between the international community and the Afghan Government, established in late 2006, designed to assist and encourage provinces in Afghanistan to reduce poppy cultivation by providing funds for development projects. To date, the six provinces that were opium poppy free in 2006 have been awarded US $500,000 each, and eight provinces that cultivated less than l,000 hectares of opium poppy in 2006 have been awarded US $150,000. Funding of the GPI will in future be discussed through the Counter-Narcotics Trust Fund, to which the UK is a contributor.

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