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Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development
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Comité permanent des affaires étrangères et du développement international


House Foreign Affairs Committee makes 35 recommendations on Canada's future role in Afghanistan

Ottawa, July 17, 2008 - The House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development today made public the most comprehensive parliamentary report to date on Canada’s engagement in Afghanistan encompassing the interrelated elements of security, peacebuilding, development, and governance. The Committee’s report, the result of nearly two years of study, was adopted on June 19, the same date as its previous major report in 2007 Advancing Canada’s Role in International Support for Democratic Development (/Error/Error.asp"left">Canada in Afghanistan takes into account other recent Canadian reports, decisions of the House of Commons notably the motion passed on March 13, and significant events pertaining to Afghanistan in making 35 recommendations to the Government of Canada covering the multi-dimensional aspects of the civilian and military mission. The report clearly acknowledges the difficulties and challenges confronting a long-term commitment to Afghanistan and its people. Its recommendations recognize that both realism and resolve will be required to deliver the benefits promised to Afghans.

As Committee Chair, Alberta M.P. Kevin Sorenson, states in the foreword to the Report, “we believe that the Canadian public needs to have confidence that Canada is making its best effort in Afghanistan in support of internationally-agreed goals that are in the long-term Canadian and global interest.” He appeals to fellow Canadians “to continue to take an interest and to ask questions about what is Canada’s largest and most complex international engagement since the war in Korea over a half century ago.”

The full report, Canada in Afghanistan is available online.

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For more information, please contact:
Angela Crandall, Clerk of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development
Tel: 613-996-1540