"Uruzgan extension will cost almost a billion"

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29 November 2007, AMSTERDAM – Extending the military mission in Uruzgan by two years will cost almost EUR 1 billion, the Telegraaf reports on Thursday on the basis of its own calculations.

29 November 2007

AMSTERDAM – Extending the military mission in Uruzgan by two years will cost almost EUR 1 billion, the Telegraaf reports on Thursday on the basis of its own calculations.

The extension of the mission would cost about EUR 335 million a year. An additional EUR 132 million would be needed for unexpected costs, the newspaper writes. The Telegraaf says that the defence department would spend EUR 25 million a year on replacing material.

Various media reported on Tuesday that the Dutch mission will most likely be extended to the end of 2010. The Netherlands has about 1,600 troops in Afghanistan at the moment. The number of troops will be reduced to 1,400 if the mission is extended, the Telegraaf reports. A large number of troops would stay on after 1 August 2010 to dismantle the camps.

The decision on whether to extend the mission or not is expected to be announced this Friday. Last Friday Commander of the Armed Forces Dick Berlijn briefed the cabinet meeting on the progress of the mission so far.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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