Money for missions is almost gone, defence minister warns

If the Netherlands decides to continue contributing to the Nato mission in Libya it can do so for three more months but then the entire budget for foreign missions will be used up, defence minister Hans Hillen told MPs on Tuesday evening.

Nato will decide on Tuesday whether to continue its efforts to protect opponents of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi later on Wednesday. The Netherlands has contributed a minesweeper and six F-16 fighter jets to help enforce the weapons embargo.
The special foreign ministry budget for foreign missions still has €10m to spend, news agency ANP reports.

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