NATO request waits on new Dutch government
As soon as a new Dutch cabinet has been installed, the US government and NATO will ask The Hague to contribute police and army trainers to help in the US-led NATO operation in Afghanistan.
In an interview with the Dutch public broadcaster NOS on Tuesday, US Ambassador to NATO, Ivo Daalder, said he wanted to wait until the new government takes office in the Netherlands, before he discusses the details of such a request with The Hague. Last week, caretaker Defence Minister Eimert van Middelkoop said US General David Petraeus, Supreme Commander of the international forces in Afghanistan had asked the Netherlands for a substantial contribution to a trainings mission. The mission will involve 2000 trainers.
The Dutch military mission in the Afghan province of Uruzgan ended in August. A row over whether or not to extend the mission led to the fall of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's fourth cabinet.
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