New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan

New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team to be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of April 2013

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman today confirmed Cabinet has agreed the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) will be withdrawn from Bamyan province in Afghanistan by the end of April 2013.

Dr Coleman commented “The timetable announced today reflects weeks of careful logistical planning, especially since news that the Bamyan airport will not be available to Hercules flights after April 2013, due to a major upgrade of the runway.”

Mr McCully confirmed the withdrawal of the PRT does not mean the end of New Zealand’s commitment to Afghanistan.

“We will continue to support Afghanistan to ensure the progress made by the international community is sustained. New Zealand’s legacy in Afghanistan depends on this."

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