NATO asks The Netherlands for new Uruzgan mission

The Dutch government has published the contents of a request by NATO to continue the Dutch military and civilian presence in the Afghan province of Uruzgan. For the full letter of the Secretary-General, click here.

The essentials:

– Another country will take over the Dutch role as ‘lead nation’ in Uruzgan on August 1st.
– During twelve months after that date, the Netherlands is asked to focus “on increased training of Afghan security forces and on responsible transition”.
– The transition (to Afghan authorities and/or other ISAF nations) is said to relate “to the current tasks, projects and activities of the (Dutch-led, hdv) Task Force Uruzgan, notably your civilian-led PRT”. The Netherlands will remain in charge of the PRT (Provincial Reconstruction Team).
– In addition, the Netherlands is asked to continue its current deployment of F-16 fighter planes at Kandahar Airfield, and its staff personnel.
– Finally, NATO says that the new Dutch mission will end on August 1st 2011 and that the redeployment is assured as of that date.

Over Hans de Vreij

Retired Dutch journalist. Covered EU, NATO, UN, security & defense. Was correspondent in Berlin, Brussels, Geneva, Prague. Studied Russian language & literature.
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