Afghanistan: Drugs

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of William Hague William Hague Shadow Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what mandate the UK has as the G8 lead nation for counter-narcotics in Afghanistan; whether this mandate has changed in the last 12 months; and what plans there are for the mandate to be changed before 2010.

Photo of Margaret Beckett Margaret Beckett Foreign Secretary

Following the Bonn Agreement in 2001, a number of G8 countries took on lead responsibility for specific Security Sector Reform work. The UK took lead responsibility for counter narcotics. When the Afghan Compact was agreed at the London Conference in early 2006, the international community recognised the progress that had been made since the Bonn Agreement. It was agreed with the Afghan Government that the concept of lead nation was now redundant, they now had lead responsibility for all aspects of Security Sector Reform, and that the G8 countries should become partner nations. There are no plans for our mandate to change before 2010.

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