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November 2, 2011

Commonwealth steps up polio fight, Afghanistan war hinders

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Commonwealth leaders on Saturday vowed to step up the fight against polio, but said the Afghanistan war was hindering the fight and warned that without total eradication there could be a resurgence of the crippling disease.

Polio remains in just four countries, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria — all members of the Commonwealth.

I’d like to point out what I believe to be an error in your article.

Afghanistan is not a member of the Commonwealth nor has it belonged to the organization and has no pending applications of intent to join.

Afghanistan has never been a colony or dependency of the UK and was successfully involved in a series of wars with the UK known as the Anglo-Afghan wars.

Amendments to the article to reflect these points would be greatly appreciated.

Zubair

Right. We corrected that: GBU Editor

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) workers direct newly arrived Somali refugees before they are administered polio vaccine at the Ifo extension refugee camp in Dadaab, near the Kenya-Somalia border August 1, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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