Sunday 18 April 2021

Afghan police mission will not be expanded

Dutch soldiers and police officers will not be involved in training border guards in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz and nor will they work in other provinces, the cabinet confirmed on Friday.


MPs voted against expanding the mission earlier this year because border police have a military role.
‘We are not going to expand the range of activities,’ defence minister Hans Hillen told reporters after the cabinet meeting.
Not enough to do
The Netherlands sent 545 soldiers and training experts to Kunduz last year to train local police officers. But the mission, which replaced Dutch military efforts in Afghanistan, has been dogged by claims there is not enough to do.
Nato then asked the Netherlands to expand its role to training border police.
Last November, the Volkskrant reported the mission has cost €105m so far, and 189 Afghan police officers have gone or are going through the training programme.

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