VVD expects Uruzgan decision in Oct

17th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

17 August 2007, THE HAGUE – The Liberal VVD does not expect the cabinet to take a decision on renewing the military mission to Uruzgan until October. MP Hans van Baalen does not think that is a problem, he told the ANP on Thursday.

17 August 2007

THE HAGUE – The Liberal VVD does not expect the cabinet to take a decision on renewing the military mission to Uruzgan until October. MP Hans van Baalen does not think that is a problem, he told the ANP on Thursday.

He sets two firm conditions on a possible extension of the mission after August 2008 and wants to give the cabinet time to meet these demands.

Van Baalen thinks that the cabinet should set aside a "substantial amount" for the mission, since the costs have skyrocketed already. He also wants another country to join in sending troops to Uruzgan.

The VVD's position is being taken very seriously in government circles. For major deployments, like that in Uruzgan, the government as a rule always seeks broad support in Parliament. Since the Socialist SP is entirely opposed to the mission, the coalition will depend on the VVD for that support.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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