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Hedayat Amin-Arsala
Hedayat Amin-Arsala
BBC BREAKFAST WITH FROST INTERVIEW:

HEDAYAT AMIN-ARSALA

DEPUTY CHAIRMAN AND FINANCE MINISTER OF AFGHANISTAN INTERIM GOVERNMENT

DECEMBER 9TH, 2001

Please note "BBC Breakfast with Frost" must be credited if any part of this transcript is used

DAVID FROST:

And now we can cross live to Rome to speak to Mr Amin-Arsala, one of the Deputy Chairmen of the new Interim Government of Afghanistan that's due to take over the running of the country by December the 22nd, he's also effectively the new Finance Minister and he joins us now, Mr Arsala, good morning.

HEDAYAT AMIN-ARSALA:

Good morning to you.

DAVID FROST:

What happened in Bonn has all the makings of a, almost a miracle but do you think in fact what's been agreed will hold together?

HEDAYAT AMIN-ARSALA:

Well I mean the process that we've agreed on I think is a good one and I hope if it's implemented properly will, will lead us to a normal political life in Afghanistan. Now whether it will succeed or not will depend partly on how the Northern Alliance approaches this and whether they, they will be willing to sort of play the game in a proper way, not manipulate, manipulated in its own favour and similarly I think that is the case with others too, everyone should try to sort of abide by the agreement and, and implement it.

DAVID FROST:

And as the Head of Finance, how much external assistance do you need, not just in food but in, in money, I mean someone quoted 4.6 billion over five years, does that sound realistic to you?

HEDAYAT AMIN-ARSALA:

Well that will be roughly the amount I suppose but we have to make further calculations to be exact as to what, what is required, but as you know the Afghani economy has been destroyed substantially and there hasn't been any economic management or financial management of the country. So it will, it will be a major task and our hope is that the international community will help us revive the economy and start the process of reconstruction and I hope that the Finance Ministry will be able to sort of coordinate in a sense the assistance that will come because as you know our revenue-base has been totally destroyed and by the time we reach to the level where we can mobilise our own resources external assistance will be required substantially.

DAVID FROST:

Mr Arsala thank you very much indeed for joining us, there from, from Geneva.

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