GroenLinks not happy about cabinet’s Kunduz mission briefing

The left-wing green party GroenLinks is not happy about the government’s briefing on the forthcoming police training mission in Afghanistan, party leader Jolande Sap said on Tuesday.

GroenLink’s support was crucial to win approval for the mission, but the party only agreed to give its backing on condition the training programme was made longer.
‘A lot of questions remain unanswered,’ Sap is quoted as saying by Nos television. The cabinet earlier agreed to an eight-week course.
Six weeks
But in the briefing, the cabinet states Afghan police recruits would get a six-week training programme, and that the Netherlands itself would ensure an extra two weeks if this could not be agreed with Nato.
‘That has not yet been organised. The cabinet has to get on and organise this. We need more effort,’ Sap said. She refused to say if GroenLinks’ support for the mission is now in doubt.
Orthodox religious party ChristenUnie also has doubts, Nos said.
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