Half of Dutch oppose Uruzgan mission

18th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

18 June 2007, RIJSWIJK – Almost half of the Dutch are opposed to extending the mission in Uruzgan. Most do think the mission should continue until summer 2008 as planned. The troops should return home after that. This emerged from a survey among 1,000 Dutch people carried out last weekend at the request of the Wegener newspapers.

18 June 2007

RIJSWIJK – Almost half of the Dutch are opposed to extending the mission in Uruzgan. Most do think the mission should continue until summer 2008 as planned. The troops should return home after that.
 
This emerged from a survey among 1,000 Dutch people carried out last weekend at the request of the Wegener newspapers.

A majority of those asked (55 percent) said the death of Dutch solider Timo Smeehuijzen on Friday was no reason to immediately stop the mission in Afghanistan. Most respondents did say they did not think reconstruction efforts in the country would be successful.

The cabinet will decide this summer whether the Netherlands will remain in Uruzgan after 2008. NATO would like the Dutch troops to stay.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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