Kamp awarded Afghan honour

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14 February 2007, AMSTERDAM – Defence Minister Henk Kamp was awarded the highest Afghan military distinction in Kabul on Tuesday by Afghan president Hamid Karzai. The medal is recognition for the efforts from Kamp and the Dutch military in the province of Uruzgan. Kamp’s trip to Afghanistan was also his farewell visit.

14 February 2007

AMSTERDAM – Defence Minister Henk Kamp was awarded the highest Afghan military distinction in Kabul on Tuesday by Afghan president Hamid Karzai. The medal is recognition for the efforts from Kamp and the Dutch military in the province of Uruzgan. Kamp’s trip to Afghanistan was also his farewell visit.

Trips planned earlier had to be postponed. Kamp said that “we find ourselves at a special time now.” “We have taken a step in the right direction. But we must not shy away if we have to take a step backwards in future.” It is generally expected that the Taliban will launch a spring offensive.

Kamp stressed the need to concentrate on reconstruction work and winning over the trust of the local population, in addition to carrying out military operations.

Kamp said goodbye to the troops at the base in Kandahar later in the afternoon. He visited work areas and talked to various soldiers.

In his farewell speech Kamp said he was sad to be leaving his post as minister. “I will be back in Parliament, so you guys will have another fan there,” he said.

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