Czechs to send smaller troops than planned to Afghanistan

In a vote the Czech parliament approved increasing the contingent in Afghanistan to around 580, while leaving its force serving in Kosovo unchanged at 430.

Czechs to send smaller troops than planned to Afghanistan

The Czech lower house of parliament agreed to extend smaller troop deployments abroad than planned in a vote late on Wednesday.

The United States has pressed NATO nations to end more soldiers to Afghanistan.

The Czech minority government did not pass in December for a plan to increase the 500-strong force in Afghanistan, which serves under U.S. and NATO commands, by more than 200 soldiers.

But in a new vote the parliament approved increasing the contingent in Afghanistan to around 580, while leaving its force serving in Kosovo unchanged at 430.

The previous mandate to station troops abroad expired at the end of 2008, and parliament's 'No' vote last month showed willing to force the government to pull all troops back home within 60 days, including those in Afghanistan and Kosovo.

Reuters
Last Mod: 05 Şubat 2009, 11:10
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