Australian Federal Police in Afghanistan vital to peace: minister

15:52, May 22, 2010      

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Despite a harsh environment and language barriers, Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers have trained more than 500 Afghan police officers, Australian Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor said on Saturday.

O'Connor, who visited Afghanistan this week, accompanied by AFP commissioner Tony Negus. He said 28 AFP officers were now stationed in Kabul, Jalalabad, Kandahar and Tarin Kowt.

O'Connor said the officers were vital to the future stability of Afghanistan and the region.

"The difficult work they're doing is making a real difference to the lives of people in Afghanistan," O'Connor said in a statement.

AFP officers have been in Afghanistan since October 2007, training local and international personnel who are rebuilding and retraining the Afghan national police.

"So far this operation has led to the successful training of more than 500 Afghan national police. That's a big achievement in a place where there's no shortage of challenges," O'Connor said.

"AFP trainers must deal with the harsh environment and overcome language barriers, amongst other hurdles, to help the Afghan police best serve their nation."

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