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Rosenthal positive about Kunduz mission
In a parliamentary debate today on the progress made by the Dutch police training mission in the Afghan province Kunduz, foreign minister Uri Rosenthal emphasised once more the mission’s great importance.
‘The attack this morning in Kunduz, in which three police officers were killed by an improvised explosive device, shows what a dangerous and complex environment our people are working to improve,’ said Mr Rosenthal. ‘The mission is doing good work, we are staying on course, and we are making headway in various areas.’
The minister said that the Afghan army and police are increasingly taking responsibility for security and the first cautious steps have been taken towards regional cooperation. ‘But there is still a great deal to be done,’ he added. ‘The slow pace of reconciliation and the fight against corruption still give cause for concern. And while these political priorities are widely shared, the work of tackling them has barely begun.’
Mr Rosenthal stressed in the debate the need for a long-term commitment by the international community. ‘With so much to be done, the Netherlands and other countries will have to remain activity engaged in Kunduz after 2014,’ he said. ‘At the same time the Afghan authorities will increasingly have to take responsibility and show that they can tangibly improve the lives of the entire population.’
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