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IMPRIMER

Development Must be Priority Focus Not Add-on
in Afghanistan

February 26, 2007

Development must be a priority focus, not merely an add-on to counter-insurgency efforts in Afghanistan. Today’s announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to increase aid spending in Afghanistan needs to be more than a one-time response to recent polls indicating Canadians want to see development as a priority.

“With today’s announcement, I hope that the Prime Minister realizes that the conflict in Afghanistan will not be solved by military aggression. I hope that this announcement represents an important shift in Canada’s strategy towards one of peace-making and not war-making,” says Gerry Barr President and CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation.

Military expenditures, however, still dominate development efforts by about 4 to 1 and key components to an effective development strategy are still missing. In particular, the Afghanistan Compact is not being consistently implemented, an Action Plan on Peace, Justice and Reconciliation needs to be completed and the issue of poppy eradication and border agreements need to be addressed.

Gerry Barr, President and CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation is available for interviews.

For more information contact:

Katia Gianneschi
Media Relations
CCIC – CCCI
613-241-7007 Ext./poste 311

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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