United Nations supports Dutch efforts in Uruzgan
The United Nations is planning to open a new office in the provincial capital of Uruzgan to support reconstruction and humanitarian efforts.3 July 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - In a parliamentary debate on the Dutch mission in Afghanistan on Tuesday, it was revealed that the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, plans to open a new office in Tarin Kowt, the provincial capital of Uruzgan.
The Dutch troops stationed in Uruzgan have been repeatedly urging the UN to establish an office there to support reconstruction and humanitarian efforts. Until now, the UN considered the situation in the province in the south of the country too dangerous and unstable.
In his address to the Dutch parliament, Defence Minister Eimert van Middelkoop added that cooperation between the Dutch contingency of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces and the Afghan troops has improved. The some 1,600 Afghan soldiers deployed in Uruzgan participate in almost all of the anti-Taliban operations.
In the same parliamentary debate, Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Verhagen refuted claims that ISAF troops had illegally entered Pakistani territory.
Minister Verhagen explained that the troops were engaged in an operation against Taliban insurgents near the border with Pakistan, but did not follow the Taliban fighters over the border.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]