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Afghanistan Now, Until 2014 and Beyond

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About this Event

27 Feb 2012 @ 12:45

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About the Speaker:

Former Foreign Minister of Lithuania, Vygaudas Ušackas, was named the European Union Special Representative and Head of the European Union Delegation in March 2010. He previously had a distinguished career in the Lithuanian foreign service and served as the Ambassador of Lithuania to the United Kingdom and to the United States of America. He was Chief Negotiator for Lithuania’s Accession to the European Union.

About the Speech: 

In his address, Ambassador Ušackas evoked the major challenges that remain in Afghanistan after ten years of international intervention, but expressed optimism that a permanent transformation can be achieved if led by the Afghan government with support from the international community.

The security situation in Afghanistan remains volatile as international allies prepare to hand over full control to national security forces by the end of 2014, and widespread poverty and illiteracy persist. Ambassador Ušackas also highlighted the challenge for Afghanistan of being surrounded by neighbours with highly competitive national agendas, and emphasised that “real progress in Afghanistan can only be achieved with Pakistan on board.”

According to Ambassador Ušackas, the goal of the EU is “to support Afghanistan in its transformation to a sovereign and self-reliant country, with a government that respects human and universal rights and freedoms and that seeks to live in peace with itself and its neighbours.” The EU is focused on police reform through its EUPOL mission, electoral reform, public administration reform and on supporting both the peace process and regional cooperation.

While highlighting the EU’s commitment to Afghanistan for the long haul as regards development aid, political cooperation and capacity-building, Ambassador Ušackas sent a very clear message that only a process led by the Afghan government, with the involvement of civil society leaders, grassroots activists in the provinces and the support of regional states, can lead to a sustainable settlement.

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