Parliament approves Kunduz mission

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Parliament has given its final approval to a planned Dutch police training mission in the Afghan province of Kunduz.

On Tuesday, a majority in parliament approved the agreements the cabinet has concluded with the Afghan authorities and NATO about the details of the Dutch police training mission.

The coalition parties VVD and CDA already approved the mission in January, as did the democrat party D66, the Green Left party, the Christian Union and the orthodox SGP.

However, in particular the Green Left Party and the Christian Union made some additional demands. They wanted a longer, more extensive training course as well as guarantees that the police officers would not be used to fight the Taliban after completing their training.

The Green Left Party and the Christian Union are now satisfied that the cabinet has met their demands.

Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party, which provides parliamentary support to the VVD-CDA minority cabinet, as well as the Labour Party, the Socialist Party and the Animal Rights Party remain opposed to the mission.

The first group of Dutch police officers will leave for Afghanistan this summer.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

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