Clinton Backs UN Drug Czar's Plan to Give Economic Aid to the Taliban in Exchange for Opium Eradication 12/5/97

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Pino Arlacchi, the United Nations' new "drug czar," has put forth a controversial proposal which would give economic support to the Taliban, Afghanistan's de-facto ruling party. Arlacchi says that the Taliban, who are strict Muslim fundamentalists, "want to (eliminate opium cultivation) anyway." On December 2, the Clinton administration decided to back the plan.

Human rights groups have been up in arms ever since the Taliban assumed power following a long period of internecine struggle, due in large part to their treatment of women and their well-known support of terrorist groups. Taliban rule strictly prohibits the provision of medical care to women, as well as prohibiting their education. Taliban justice involves public and often summary beatings, amputations and executions.

(See this week's editorial for comment.)

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