NATO rejects Dutch mission in Afghanistan

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Free newspaper reports that NATO has rejected the Dutch government’s plan for an eight -week police training mission to Afghanistan. The Dutch training mission would be two weeks longer than the NATO standard and would include a strong emphasis on human rights and on teaching people how to read and write.

The cabinet adjusted its original plan to win sufficient support in the Dutch parliament. The Green Left party in particular put strong pressure on the government to ‘improve’ on the standard for NATO training missions.

However, NATO spokesperson Captain Nicole Ashcroft says: “Adjustments to the training curriculum put at risk the further standardisation of training courses that we are trying to achieve. Extending the training course from six to eight weeks brings complications. We must stick to one curriculum and one time span.”

Green Left and the D66 democrat party say they will not comment on the latest developments until after they have received an official reaction from the cabinet.

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