Dutch troops to leave for Kunduz

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More than 160 soldiers will leave for the Afghan province of Kunduz for a NATO police training mission on Thursday. Nine police officers will leave a day later. A group of 20 police officers are already in Afghanistan to prepare the mission.

The soldiers who are flying from Eindhoven airport on Thursday will be addressed by Defence Minister Hans Hillen before they leave. Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal was in Afghanistan this week, but attempts to visit Kunduz were aborted because of security problems at first and then his plane broke down.

The Dutch cabinet decided to send the trainings mission to Afghanistan earlier this year after it gained support from opposition parties D66 and the Green Left. As a result of the opposition support the mission will be eight weeks long instead of six and there will be more emphasis on human rights.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

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