19 May 2008

Lithuania-led PRT transfers authority

KABUL, Afghanistan– Colonel Albertas Kondrotas handed command of the ISAF Chaghcharan Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) to Colonel Ramunas Baronas on 14 May.

The Regional Command West (RC-W) Commander Brigadier General Francesco Arena and Deputy Governor of Ghowr Province Mullah Ekramudin attended the ceremony.

The new commander thanked General Arena for the support RC-W has always given to the PRT.

“We will work together with the local government as the previous team did. I believe we will become friends and I believe in a better future for Ghowr Province,” Colonel Baronas added.

Mullah Ekramudin expressed his gratitude to Lithuanian soldiers. “PRT gives us not only schools, libraries or other buildings, they also give us security. Only a secure country can save and continue its history.” He also wished good luck to the new PRT team.

General Arena had the opportunity to visit the village of Sangbaar and its micro-hydro power station. This important project provides access to basic electricity for 250 households in the village, increasing the inhabitants’ quality of life.

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