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At Bonn II, Challenge Is To Bypass Recriminations, Build Afghan Consensus

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

When the world last met in Bonn to discuss Afghanistan, it was just a few months after the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

Then, anything and everything seemed possible. A U.S.-backed northern coalition had toppled the Taliban, Osama bin Laden was on the run, and hopes that Afghanistan could be freed from being a base for terrorism and then rebuilt ran high.

Now, on December 5, the 10th anniversary of the Bonn Agreement to rebuild Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban -- world leaders will return to Germany's former capital to renew their commitment to help. But the challenges have not grown any easier.

The new Bonn conference -- known as Bonn II -- is bringing together foreign ministers and other top officials from some 90 countries to discuss two of Afghanistan's most pressing problems.

The first is how the international community plans to support Afghanistan after 2014, when multinational forces complete their withdrawal.

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At Bonn II, Challenge Is To Bypass Recriminations, Build Afghan Consensus

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