Germany remains committed to Afghanistan

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24 October 2006, Berlin (dpa) - Germany remains committed to rebuilding the police force in Afghanistan despite an increasingly difficult security situation, German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said. Germany has 40 police trainers in four Afghan cities in addition to around 2,500 troops serving with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Schaeuble said the police role helped "strengthen the trust of the Afghan people in democratic state institutions and in so doing deprive ter

24 October 2006

Berlin (dpa) - Germany remains committed to rebuilding the police force in Afghanistan despite an increasingly difficult security situation, German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said.

Germany has 40 police trainers in four Afghan cities in addition to around 2,500 troops serving with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

Schaeuble said the police role helped "strengthen the trust of the Afghan people in democratic state institutions and in so doing deprive terrorism of its main source of sustenance."

The minister was speaking after a meeting with his Afghan counterpart Ahmad Zarar Moqbel during which the two countries signed an accord renewing Germany's police commitment.

The agreement provides for assistance in building up a police force throughout Afghanistan and continuing to supply equipment and training, the interior ministry said.

Germany has invested 70 million euros ($87.5 million) since 2002 in rebuilding Afghanistan's police force and also acts as coordinator for international aid.

Afghanistan is NATO's first ground operation outside Europe. Germany's armed forces are deployed in the relatively peaceful north of the country.

But in southern Afghanistan, a mission that was initially framed as a peacekeeping operation has turned into full-scale combat against insurgents from the deposed Taliban regime.

NATO countries providing troops to the south say they cannot fight, control territory and provide development assistance at the same time.

DPA

Subject: German news

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