The UN Security Council, in Resolution 1868 of March 23, 2009, reiterated its call on the international community—explicitly including ISAF—“to continue to address the threat to the security and stability of Afghanistan posed by the Taliban,” and by al-Qaeda, illegally armed groups, criminals and those involved in the narcotics trade. This is the international purpose Canada shares with partner countries in Afghanistan, and with the people of Afghanistan.
By focusing our engagement on six specific priorities, linking our civilian and military contributions in strong cooperation, and setting benchmarks for progress, Canadians have improved the probability of practical results in Afghanistan by 2011. This is a difficult mission, in conditions of exceptional danger and uncertainty. But it is a mission that can help improve security, governance and development in Afghanistan—a mission in support of international security.