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UPDATED: 10:40, December 15, 2006
EU mulls police training mission in Afghanistan
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The European Union (EU) will send a police-training mission in Afghanistan and it will study the details next week, EU foreign and security policy chief Javier Solana said here on Thursday.

Speaking to a press conference at the interval of the EU summit, which started here on Thursday evening, Solana said a fact-finding mission sent by the EU returned to Brussels on Thursday and the EU will study what "precisely" the EU can do on the matter early next week.

However, the EU foreign policy chief refused to confirm when the 25-member bloc would sent the police-training mission.

"We can do something (on police training in Afghanistan), and we will do something," Solana said.

He added that Canada and Norway had expressed willingness to join the EU's police-training mission.

Since 2002, EU member state Germany has conducted a police-training mission in Afghanistan and the mission has so far trained 17,000 Afghan police.

This year, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has repeatedly urged the EU to start the police-training mission in Afghanistan.

Earlier on Thursday, Solana met a delegation of members of the Afghan Parliament led by its Speaker, Muhammad Yunus Qanoni.

Solana assured Qanoni of the EU's commitment to long-term support for Afghanistan and to maintaining its extensive engagement with Afghanistan, said a press release by the Solana's office.

Source: Xinhua

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