Bremer: Dutch should extend Iraq mission

12th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

12 January 2005, AMSTERDAM — The former civilian administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer, believes that Dutch peacekeeping troops should stay in Iraq longer than the planned March withdrawal. Speaking on television programme Nova on Tuesday night, Bremer said until the security situation in Iraq has improved, coalition nations such as Poland, the Netherlands and the Ukraine should remain. "The job is not yet done," he said.

12 January 2005

AMSTERDAM — The former civilian administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer, believes that Dutch peacekeeping troops should stay in Iraq longer than the planned March withdrawal.
 
Speaking on television programme Nova on Tuesday night, Bremer said until the security situation in Iraq has improved, coalition nations such as Poland, the Netherlands and the Ukraine should remain. "The job is not yet done," he said.

"The Netherlands is one of the world's oldest democracies. You should welcome one of the newest. It would be better if the Dutch stayed (in Iraq)," said Bremer, who was the US-appointed civilian administrator until the handover of sovereignty to the Iraqis at the end of June last year.

The Dutch Cabinet is still planning to withdraw its 1,350 soldiers from Iraq in March. The Netherlands has had troops deployed in the southern Iraqi province al-Muthanna since the summer of 2003. Two Dutch soldiers have been killed since the mission started.

But government coalition parties Liberal VVD and Christian Democrat CDA are in favour of extending the mission and MPs will debate the issue in the Lower House of Parliament at the end of this month.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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