Baird Statement on Elections in Afghanistan

April 5, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada congratulates the Afghan people for courageously taking to the polls, in high numbers, exercising their right to vote during the presidential and provincial council elections.

"We welcome reports of an unprecedented number of Afghan women who ensured that their voices were heard, and we support their desire for a brighter and stable future.

"The Afghan people have demonstrated their commitment to a democratic future. In turn, the new government must demonstrate its commitment to a democratic Afghanistan where the voices of all Afghans, especially women, are heard.

“We congratulate all of the candidates who ran in these important elections, often under challenging security conditions. Their commitment to advancing Afghanistan’s democracy and to serving the Afghan people is to be commended.

“Canada recognizes the work of the Ministry of Interior and the Afghan National Security Forces in carrying out effective security during this election. Canada continues to support the full transition toward Afghanistan taking over the country’s security responsibilities, which is essential to Afghanistan’s future peace and stability.

“As Afghans await the final results, Canada calls on all parties to continue to respect the electoral process and to uphold the principles of non-violence that have been such a prominent feature of the campaign period and today’s elections.”

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