Military chief rejects new Afghan strategy

18th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

18 June 2004, BERLIN - The chief of the German armed forces, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, has said the provincial reconstruction team (PRT) approach is the only option for achieving peace in Afghanistan.

18 June 2004

BERLIN - The chief of the German armed forces, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, has said the provincial reconstruction team (PRT) approach is the only option for achieving peace in Afghanistan.

In an interview with Deutsche Presse-Agentur, General Schneiderhan rejected calls for a change of strategy after terrorist attacks in the Kunduz zone, which is manned by a German PRT.

"There is no alternative to the PRT approach," he said in Berlin. "Terrorism ought not to become the deciding factor in our action."

Four Afghans were killed by a bomb blast in a crowded Kunduz street on Wednesday. An off-road vehicle, which had been rented by the German military-cum-civilian team, was nearby and may have been a target. Some 250 German military are deployed in Kunduz.

A second German PRT is to be set up in Faizabad in the country's northwest corner in the next few weeks. Germany also has a large contingent of peacekeepers in the Afghan capital Kabul.

DPA

Subject: German news

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