Croatian parliamentary committee considers report on troop deployment in Afghanistan

10:48, December 04, 2009      

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The Croatian parliamentary defense committee on Thursday adopted a report on the participation of Croatian Armed Forces members in the ISAF international peace-keeping mission in Afghanistan, and the report will be on the agenda of the national parliament next week.

Presenting the report, Croatian Defense Ministry State Secretary Pjer Simunovic said that Croatian troops in Afghanistan would be regrouped into larger groups as they were currently deployed in several areas. He added that the main activity of the Croatian ISAF contingent would be to help train the Afghan National Army.

Commenting on the new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, which envisages an increase in the number of troops in the NATO-led security and development mission in Afghanistan established by the United Nations Security Council, Simunovic said that the United States did not demand but suggested that Croatia increase the number of its troops in the ISAF.

Croatian President Stjepan Mesic on Wednesday said that Croatia would tackle a possible request for sending additional troops to Afghanistan, but Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor said Croatia, being a NATO member, would fulfill its obligations.

Source: Xinhua
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