Wednesday 10 August 2022

Opposition parties want answers on Kunduz – Update

Dutch-trained police officers in Kunduz are being used according to the agreement between the Netherlands and Afghanistan, foreign affairs minister Uri Rosenthal said on Monday afternoon.

They will take part in civil operations but will not be involved in any military action, as agreed, the minister said.
He was responding to a request for clarification by opposition parties GroenLinks, ChristenUnie and the Socialist Party following remarks by the Afghan police chief that Dutch-trained officers could be used against the Taliban.
If the Taliban attack civilian buildings such as a hotel, police officers would be sent in to protect civilians and colleagues, police chief Samiulla Qatar told the Volkskrant on Monday morning.
The original agreement was that Dutch police trainers and the local police they are training would only fight in self-defence. It was this agreement that persuaded opposition parties to vote for the mission to the north Afghan region of Kunduz.
The use of Dutch-trained police officers in civil disturbances is in line with the agreement, Rosenthal told the press. If enemies like the Taliban attack, officers must defend themselves, cordon off the area and hold their ground until an anti-terrorist force arrives,’ he said.
The Socialist Party is calling for a debate with defence minister Hans Hillen about the change in the mandate because the agreement is absurd in the reality of Kunduz, says the Volkskrant.

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