Dutch mission in Afghanistan delayed

28th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch mission to offer basic training to police recruits in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province will begin in January 2012 at the earliest. The mission was supposed to be launched in May this year.

The government has written to MPs to say that the training centre run by Germany will need to be enlarged and that this cannot be completed till 2012. Some Dutch trainers will, however, go to Kunduz this summer and work with Afghan police officers who have already followed basic training.

Guarantees The Afghan government has given The Hague written guarantees that officers trained by the Dutch will only be deployed for civilian policing.

The minority Dutch government needed support from opposition parties to get the mission approved of by parliament. In exchange for their support on the issue, Green Left MPs, among others, insisted on guarantees that Dutch-trained police would not be used to fight the Taliban rebels even after their training was complete.

Many MPs still have misgivings about this and other aspects of the mission, including the worsening security situation in Kunduz.


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