(No. 279 - August 31, 2010 - 8 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the recent poisoning of schoolgirls in Kabul:
“Canada is deeply concerned with the growing number of attacks on school children in Afghanistan. These cowardly acts, targeting one of the most vulnerable groups within Afghan society, show the complete disregard for the lives of Afghans that opponents of progress in Afghanistan routinely demonstrate.
“Attacks of this nature will not deter Canada from its commitment to support Afghans in their efforts to provide quality education services.
“Canada will continue to work with the Government of Afghanistan to achieve its education goals by supporting community-based education, women’s literacy classes, the improvement of teacher training, and the provision of technical vocational training. Most important, Canada remains committed to supporting improved access to quality education, particularly for girls.
“As part of its engagement in Afghanistan, Canada is strongly committed to the development of an Afghan education system that gives opportunity to all Afghan children.
“Canada is in Afghanistan at the request of the democratically elected Afghan government, and as part of a UN-mandated, NATO-led mission. Canada’s continuing objective is to help Afghans build a stable and secure country based on the fundamental values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law.”
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