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program, which operates separately from the DDR.

“Without success in the DIAG process, neither the rule of law nor continued economic development can be achieved,” Aso said.

DIAG began last July and aims to disarm an estimated 125,000 militiamen operating in up to 1,200 illegal armed groups. As of May 15, a total of 999 armed groups had taken part in the DIAG program, which is also sponsored by the United Nations.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is taking part in the confab, which is jointly chaired by the Japanese and Afghan governments and the U.N.

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