NATO rejects Dutch police training mission
Free newspaper reports that NATO has rejected Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s plan for an eight -week training mission – two weeks longer than the NATO standard – with a strong emphasis on human rights and on teaching people how to read and write.
The cabinet adjusted its original plan to win sufficient support in parliament. The Green Left party in particular put strong pressure on the government to ‘improve’ on the standard for NATO training missions.
However, NATO spokesperson Captain Nicole Ashcroft says “Adjustments to the training curriculum put at risk the further standardisation of training courses that we are trying to achieve. Extending the training course from six to eight weeks brings complications. We must stick to one curriculum and one time span.”
The Green Left party and the democrat party D66 say they will not comment on the latest developments until after they have received an official reaction from the cabinet.
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