Cameron says Kabul attack won't affect work, thanks NZ

19th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Prime Minister David Cameron said a "cowardly" attack on the British Council cultural centre in Kabul on Friday would not stop his country's "vital work" in Afghanistan.

Cameron also said he had spoken to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to thank him for the role that country's special forces had played in ending the raid, in which eight people were killed.

"It's obviously a tragic but cowardly act that has been undertaken but it won't succeed and it won't deflect us from the vital work we are doing in Afghanistan," Cameron told reporters in his central England constituency.

"It will not stop the British Council and indeed our whole effort in Afghanistan to bring greater stability and peace to that country."

Britain is the second-largest provider of troops to the international military effort fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan after the United States, with around 9,500 forces based mainly in the south.

Taliban suicide bombers infiltrated the British Council compound, prompting gunbattles which raged for more than eight hours, in an attack marking Afghanistan's 1919 independence from British rule.

The British Council is an official organisation part-funded by the British government that promotes cultural relations in offices around the world.

© 2011 AFP

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