Decision on Afghan mission postponed

20th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 August 2007, THE HAGUE (AFP) - The Netherlands postponed Friday a decision on extending the deployment of more than 1,600 Dutch troops deployed under NATO in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan.

20 August 2007

THE HAGUE (AFP) - The Netherlands postponed Friday a decision on extending the deployment of more than 1,600 Dutch troops deployed under NATO in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan.

Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said the decision on the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops was "taking some time".

Several Dutch media reported government sources saying a decision, initially expected by the end of August, would not now come until October.

In a weekly press conference, Balkenende stressed that the decision to stay in Afghanistan is not just in the hands of the Dutch.

International talks are under way about a third country possibly joining the Dutch and Australian troops in Uruzgan, he added.

Dutch public Radio 1 news said Germany and France were potential partners for the ISAF mission in Uruzgan.

[Copyright AFP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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