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Afghanistan: Security

Volume 707: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what their criteria are for achieving sustainable security in (a) Sangin, and (b) Afghanistan. [HL407]

Sustainable security in Afghanistan can only be provided through the co-ordinated delivery of military and civil effect. UK and Afghan forces provide security to allow reconstruction, development, reconciliation and political engagement to take place. In Helmand the UK-led Civilian Military Mission works with Task Force Helmand and the Afghan National Security Forces to provide a secure environment to allow stabilisation activity to take place. The UK focuses stabilisation activity on five district centres in Helmand—Lashkar Gah, Sangin, Gereskh, Garmsir and Musa Qala.