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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: Process of Transferring Responsibility in Afghanistan Has Thus Far Been Successful


No. 436-E

Today in Brussels during a meeting of the foreign ministers of countries contributing to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet noted that the process of transferring responsibility for security away from the international forces has seen significant development.

“This gives us reassurance that the process for transferring responsibility will stay on schedule and NATO’s military mission in Afghanistan can end by the end of 2014,” said Paet.

Foreign Minister Paet also said that it is important that the Afghans do not shy away from the timetable for transferring responsibility. “We hope that the next wave of transferring responsibility for security will be announced by President Karzai before the end of this year, as scheduled,” he said.

The foreign minister also emphasised that the conclusion of NATO’s military mission in Afghanistan in 2014 will not mean the end of support from the international community. “The alliance will continue to support Afghanistan through trainings, consultations and aid missions,” he asserted. However, as of 2015 the stability of Afghanistan cannot be ensured by NATO alone. “The activities of the international community and regional partners in Afghanistan are essential. We hope that we can achieve better co-ordination and co-operation among various parties that before,” said Paet.

Paet confirmed that support must be given to Afghan society after 2015 as well. Therefore Afghanistan remains a priority partner for Estonia’s development co-operation and Estonia will continue making contributions. “The sectors that Estonia is helping to develop in Afghanistan are health care, education, and good administrative practice,” said the foreign minister.

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