MPs hold marathon hearings on Uruzgan

MPs will today hold a marathon 12-hour hearing into the NATO mission in Afghanistan.

First to be heard is the Afghan defence minister Rahim Wardak, followed by the governer of Uruzgan Assadullah Hamdam and the chairman of the parliamentary defence committee Nur Ulumi, reports news agency ANP.
NATO and Dutch defence officials will also be heard.
The hearings are part of MPs’ preparations for the debate on extending the Dutch mission in Uruzgan until 2010. The debate will take place on December 17.
On Thursday, opposition MPs held their own alternative hearings. Former Dutch minister and UN special representative Jan Pronk told MPs that reaching a deal with the Taliban was the only way to beat them and bring peace to Afghanistan.

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