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Foreign Affairs committee  I can tell you that negotiations are going on. They're not official negotiations. Karzai is meeting with moderate Taliban. Even the UN are holding meetings with low-level Taliban. But this is a trickle of moderate, low-level Taliban who are basically saying, “Help us find a way o

March 13th, 2008Committee meeting

Sally Armstrong

Foreign Affairs committee  That's right. Does it take long to get there?

March 13th, 2008Committee meeting

Sally Armstrong

Foreign Affairs committee  Thank you. I wanted to respond to the two questions that madame asked. One was about the status of women today and if there had been any change, and the other one was about how to deal with the Koran and sharia law, etc. I'll deal with the religious issue first. I think it's v

March 13th, 2008Committee meeting

Sally Armstrong

Foreign Affairs committee  I want to add a comment to what you said about this massive portion of the population that's against our being there, and your comment about development and war going on in Afghanistan. I think it's valuable to remember there are 34 provinces in Afghanistan. Almost all of this i

March 13th, 2008Committee meeting

Sally Armstrong

Foreign Affairs committee  Well, they're in it now. They're in it with their new task force. In any case, the point of village councils, for me, is that men and women are meeting together, and this is a first. And they are effective. But I think the point you're making comes back to the ministries. They

March 13th, 2008Committee meeting

Sally Armstrong

Foreign Affairs committee  In terms of governance, village councils have started, and CIDA has had a lot to do with these village councils.

March 13th, 2008Committee meeting

Sally Armstrong

Foreign Affairs committee  You're a great diplomat.

March 13th, 2008Committee meeting

Sally Armstrong

Foreign Affairs committee  Thank you, and thank you for inviting me to join you today. I wanted to speak to you about what I see Canada as having accomplished in Afghanistan. I'd like to begin by reminding you that this is a country most Canadians couldn't have found on a map seven years ago, and now we c

March 13th, 2008Committee meeting

Sally Armstrong