(No. 164 – June 15, 2011 – 4:30 p.m. ET) John Baird, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, today released the Government of Canada’s 11th and 12th quarterly reports on Canada’s engagement in Afghanistan. The reports cover the period from October 1 to December 31, 2010, and January 1 to March 31, 2011 respectively. These reports outline the progress achieved on Canada’s six priorities and three signature projects in Afghanistan. The theme of the 11th report is governance, and the theme of the 12th is Afghan leadership.
"The men and women of Canada’s military and civilian police forces, along with civilian representatives, continue to make good progress on our priorities in Afghanistan and continue to make us proud,” said Minister Baird.
Change in Afghanistan has not come easily.
As Canada’s engagement in Afghanistan enters a new phase, building on the progress and achievements that have been made with Afghan and international partners will depend largely on strong, Afghan-led institutions of governance that can consistently meet the needs and expectations of the Afghan people.
"The best way to improve things in Afghanistan is for Afghans to take control of their future and to move forward, with international support, in implementing the Afghanistan National Development Strategy," said Minister Baird.
Canada remains committed to supporting Afghans as they build a country that is better governed, more stable and secure.
"On behalf of all Canadians, we honour and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in their service to Canada, as well as those who have been injured, and their families," said Minister Baird.
Achievements over the two quarters include:
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