Dutch not happy with decision to extend Afghanistan mission

5th December 2007, Comments 0 comments

Poll shows that Dutch are not happy with the government’s plan.

5 December 2007

AMSTERDAM - Some 43 per cent of Dutch nationals are against the extension of the Dutch mission in Afghanistan, according to the results of a poll released Tuesday.

Friday the Dutch government announced it wants to extend the Dutch NATO-mission to Afghanistan, originally due to end 1 August 2008, by two years.

But a poll conducted by TNS NIPO said the Dutch are not happy with that decision. One third of Dutch nationals take a neutral stand, while 24 per cent supports renewing the mission.

The Dutch parliament is due to debate the government-proposed extension in three weeks' time.

Some 1,650 Dutch troops have been stationed in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan since August 2006 as part of the International Security and Assistance Forces (ISAF). Twelve Dutch troops have since been killed.

[Copyright dpa 2007]

Subject: Dutch news