Defence denies cover-up practices

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5 April 2007 AMSTERDAM - Defence denies hush-up and cover-up practices. The armed forces should be judged on the basis of facts rather than assumptions. Commander of the armed forces Dick Berlijn says in the opinion page of the Volkskrant today.

5 April 2007

AMSTERDAM - Defence denies hush-up and cover-up practices. The armed forces should be judged on the basis of facts rather than assumptions. Commander of the armed forces Dick Berlijn says in the opinion page of the Volkskrant today.

With this statement Berlijn responds to the comments made by former General Hans Couzy on Saturday following fresh reports in the case of Eric O.

Couzy, in his capacity of chairman of the Federation of Dutch Officers, feels that the hush-up culture and the fear of making mistakes still prevails in the entire defence organisation. Couzy claims that this is particularly true for the elite troops such as the marines and the commandos. He blames both the army leadership for responding wrongfully as well as the political upheaval that arises every time following an incident.

Berlijn has dismissed the accusations/allegations. A report submitted by colleagues of Eric O. who are said to have been intimidated and threatened has caused the recent commotion. Berlijn feels that the armed forces need to be judges on the basis of the results ensuing from the investigation that is being carried out by the public prosecution department.

Berlijn believes that the ministry of defence is working hard to make the organisation more transparent and that it has learned from the tensions between the marines and the Marechaussee at the beginning of the Iraq mission. The relationship between the military leadership, the Marechaussee and the public prosecution department regarding the assessment/evaluation of military staff prior to military missions has also improved. 

[Copyright Expatica News 2007 and ANP]

Subject: Dutch news

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