Kofi Annan asks Dutch to help in Afghanistan

30th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

30 January 2006, AMSTERDAM — United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan held talks with Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende on Monday and expressed the hope the parliament in The Hague will "take the right decision" this week on sending troops to Afghanistan.

30 January 2006

AMSTERDAM — United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan held talks with Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende on Monday and expressed the hope the parliament in The Hague will "take the right decision" this week on sending troops to Afghanistan.

He told reporters after the meeting that problems could arise and the mission would not be "as successful as we would have hoped" without the Dutch contribution of 1,200 troops.

Annan, who is to attend an international conference on Afghanistan in London on Tuesday, conceded the mission to the Afghan province Uruzgan would not be without risk.  

But he said all necessary measures are being taken to safeguard the troops as much as possible. 

Emphasising Afghanistan is not a lost land, Annan said it is on the road to recovery and steps were being taken toward democracy. Annan said the international community must not abandon Afghanistan

The UN boss said the mission would have to have due regard for international law and human rights.

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