Dutch to train Afghan police

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13 February 2007, AMSTERDAM – The Netherlands is most likely willing to send a dozen Marechaussee (military police) to participate in a new EU mission to train the police force in Afghanistan.

13 February 2007

AMSTERDAM – The Netherlands is most likely willing to send a dozen Marechaussee (military police) to participate in a new EU mission to train the police force in Afghanistan.

Foreign Affairs Minister Ben Bot announced this on Monday after consultation with the other foreign ministers of the EU in Brussels.

The mission will involve a total of about 160 people. The group will provide training and courses throughout Afghanistan, Bot said.

The EU ministers gave the mission the green light on Monday. The aim is to help build up an Afghan police force that respects human rights and operates within the Afghan legal system, said a statement from the ministers.

Until now some 40 German soldiers have been working to train a total of 3,500 Afghan police officers. The Italians have been responsible for reforms to the legal system.

The new mission will start in May or June and will cost 40 million euro this year. The courses will take place in the capital Kabul and in five other regions.

NATO secretary general Jaap de Hoop Scheffer has been urging the EU for some time to take on police training in Afghanistan.

This will allow the NATO ISAF force to concentrate on training the Afghan army.

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