Labour MPs support longer Afghan mission

Labour MPs support the extension of the Dutch military mission in Afghanistan, according to Thursday’s Volkskrant.

A majority of the MPs are behind an 18 month extension, while others feel three to six months should be sufficient, the paper reports.
The two other coalition partners, Christian Democrats and ChristenUnie, have already made it clear they back comments by the defence minister who has said it is the cabinet’s intention to keep troops in the southern province of Uruzgan after the current mandate expires in August next year.
However neither the cabinet not Labour have made a definitive decision, the paper says.

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