Press Briefing by Manoel de Almeida e Silva Spokesman for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Afghanistan

As you know the $815 million Transitional Assistance Programme for Afghanistan(TAPA) appeal was launched on Tuesday in Oslo, at the annual 2002 meeting of the Afghan Support Group (ASG). In a message read out by his Special Representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged the international community to continue to invest in the recovery and security of Afghanistan as well as in the will and capacity of Afghans themselves to rebuild their country.