Defence minister to hold talks on Afghanistan

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5 April 2007 , AMSTERDAM – Defence Minister Eimert van Middelkoop will visit Canada next week to meet his counterparts from Canada, the United States, Australia and Great Britain and discuss the Afghanistan mission. He will, among other things, inform his counterparts that The Netherlands will take a decision on the option to extend the mission in Uruzgan this summer. Van Middelkoop said this after the cabinet meeting on Thursday.

5 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – Defence Minister Eimert van Middelkoop will visit Canada next week to meet his counterparts from Canada, the United States, Australia and Great Britain and discuss the Afghanistan mission. He will, among other things, inform his counterparts that The Netherlands will take a decision on the option to extend the mission in Uruzgan this summer. Van Middelkoop said this after the cabinet meeting on Thursday.

Furthermore, he will discuss improving the training of Afghan police officers and the Afghan army. All the allied partners are doing something in this respect, but the tasks should be better coordinated, the minister said. The information about the mission should also be better coordinated, according to the minister.

Van Middelkoop said he was very much looking forward to meeting his US counterpart Robert Gates and his other colleagues.

Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Verhagen and Bert Koenders (Development Cooperation) will meet Tom Koenigs, head of the UN aid organisation for Afghanistan (UNAMA). They will again call on him to open up more offices in the south of the country.  

[Copyright Expatica News +ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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