New UN rep calls for better aid coordination in Afghanistan

The new UN chief for Afghanistan arrived Friday in Kabul and urged the international community to better coordinate its aid to the troubled country. UN special representative Kai Eide arrived days after a report by ACBAR, an alliance of international aid agencies, criticized what it said was the waste of billions of dollars in aid to impoverished Afghanistan. Eide, a career diplomat from Norway, said the report showed the problems facing the effort to rebuild the country, which has been shattered by a quarter-century of war and a continuing Taliban insurgency. "We cannot continue going about it in the same manner anymore," he told reporters.