Labour take hard line in Uruzgan debate

Labour MPs made it clear in Wednesday evening’s debate on the Netherlands’ role in Afghanistan they would not support another extension of the Dutch military mission there.

Labour’s defence spokesman Martijn van Dam said during the debate the PvdA was committed to making sure no more Dutch soldiers are sent to the southern region of Uruzgan when the Dutch mission ends in August 2010.
There is considerable pressure on the Netherlands to remain active in the province past next year’s deadline and several ministers have hinted recently that the Netherlands may maintain a presence.

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