Dutch Kunduz mission scouting for new tasks

23rd October 2011, Comments 0 comments

The new commander of the Dutch police training mission in the Afghan province of Kunduz says he is going to look for new tasks in the absence of sufficient Afghan recruits.

Speaking on the eve of his departure to Afghanistan, Colonel Nico van der Zee said the new tasks would have to comply with the mission’s current brief. And they will have to be approved, he added, by parliament in The Hague as well as NATO’s ISAF mission in Afghanistan.

The defence ministry recently announced it was recalling 10 of its 20 military police instructors in Kunduz because there were not enough Afghan police recruits for them to train.

One of the options the ministry is examining is whether the Dutch instructors can help train non-commissioned police officers. Another option being considered is whether they can participate in the existing programme to train Afghan instructors.

In the wake of a recent visit to Kunduz, the Democrats 66 party has suggested the Dutch personnel could train police officers from different regions or Afghan border police. The latter proposal, however, is likely to run into difficulties as the mission’s mandate bars the Dutch instructors from training police that are likely to engage in armed conflicts whereas Afghan border police are often involved in exchanges of fire.

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