Agreement reached on new Afghan police training mission

Ministers will discuss plans to send a police training mission to Afghanistan on Friday, the first cabinet meeting of the New Year, the Telegraaf reports.

The paper says ministers will discuss a training mission involving 350 people, which will be largely based in the northern province of Kondoz. It bases its claims on sources in The Hague.
The minority cabinet, made up of the VVD and CDA, supports sending a small mission to help train police and military officers.
The anti-Islam PVV, which supports the coalition on economic policy, is against the new mission, meaning ministers will have to look for support from other political parties.
Ministers are relying on D66, GroenLinks and ChristenUnie to win majority backing.
Labour is opposed to the new mission because it involves a military element, the Telegraaf says. However, according to the Volkskrant, Labour leader Job Cohen has not yet taken a decision.

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