Dutch oppose staying in Uruzgan

26th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

26 April 2007, HILVERSUM – 58 percent of the Dutch public thinks that the Dutch military mission to Afghanistan should not be extended, according to a survey of 18,000 people by EénVandaag. The 2-year mission is due to expire in 2008.

26 April 2007

HILVERSUM – 58 percent of the Dutch public thinks that the Dutch military mission to Afghanistan should not be extended, according to a survey of 18,000 people by EénVandaag. The 2-year mission is due to expire in 2008.

A month ago only 45 percent of the public was of the opinion that the Netherlands should leave the province of Uruzgan in August next year.

Two-thirds of respondents do support finishing off the current mission however, despite the first combat-related fatality among the Dutch troops last week.

There remains little actual support for the mission: 42 percent says the mission is a good idea, compared to 39 percent last month. Exactly 50 percent says they oppose the Dutch working in Afghanistan to help stabilise and rebuild the country.

Most respondents (59 percent) also said that the minimum age for deploying soldiers abroad should be increased to 21 years old or older. An earlier survey revealed that soldiers feel this would be a good idea as well.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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