Netherlands cannot let Germany down
The Netherlands has made far-reaching agreements with Germany about collaboration in Afghanistan. Scrapping the planned mission to Kunduz would mean letting the Germans down in an unacceptable way, and would harm bilateral and European relations.
The above statements were made by Ko Colijn, who is director of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael in The Hague as well as international relations and international security professor at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. “It would be a very strange reversal of roles; we always blamed the Germans for not being daring enough down there in Afghanistan, but now it’s us who are about to leave our partner in the lurch.”
According to Professor Colijn, the international community is shaking its collective head at the difficult decision-making process regarding the police training mission. He predicts that “There will be serious long-term consequences”.
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