PM critical of ISAF in Afghanistan
Balkenende has criticised the strategy of the international forces in Afghanistan at the NATO summit in Bucharest.3 April 2008
BUCHAREST - Dutch prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende, who is attending the three-day NATO summit in the Romanian capital Bucharest, has criticised the strategy of the international forces in Afghanistan.
The NATO leaders are deciding a number of issues including the possibility of extra troops being sent to Afghanistan.
Balkenende wants the 42 countries with soldiers in the International Security Assistance Force to coordinate their efforts better. At the same time, he is pushing for improved cooperation between ISAF and the United Nations, the European Union and non-governmental organisations.
He also believes the Afghan government itself, as well as neighbouring countries, could do more to create stability in the region. He says tougher action should be taken to combat both corruption within the Afghan administration and the drugs trade.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]