Opposition may still scupper Kunduz mission
If the Dutch cabinet breaks its promises on the terms of a police training mission to the Afghan province of Kunduz, the opposition Green Left party will withdraw its crucial support for plan, says party leader Jolanda Sap. Speaking in a TV programme aired on Sunday, she warned the government not to “haggle over promises”.
Green Left provided the votes in parliament to make up a majority in support of the Kunduz mission. The minority coalition governs with the backing of the Freedom Party, but the right-wing populist party is against the plan. Opposition MPs from the D66, Christian Union and Green Left parties made up the missing votes.
However, the Green Left party only gave its blessing based on government promises that the training mission would be extended, would and focus strictly on law and order. Afghan police trained by the Dutch would not be allowed to fight the Taliban.
However, in response to a government letter to parliament last week explaining the preparations for the mission, Green Left leader Jolanda Sap argued that “many questions remain unanswered”, and promised arrangements had not yet been made.
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