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No speedy decisions on Afghanistan: Polish acting president

06-22-2010 15:25 BJT

WARSAW, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Poland's acting President Bronislaw Komorowski said during his visit to Polish base in Ghazni in Afghanistan Monday that "no accelerated decisions on the fate of the mission will be taken," the Polish PAP news agency reported.

Around 2,600 Polish troops participate in the NATO-led multinational peacekeeping force International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan, with further 400 staying in Poland.

Afghanistan's parliamentary election scheduled for this September will be a turning point which will show whether "Poland' s increased effort with regard to the number of soldiers will bring effect," Komorowski said.

"For now we have commitments. It seems that Poland's credibility lies in not surprising its allies -- also Afghans -- with any radical changes in the earlier settled timetable of Poland's effort," the acting President said.

"After parliamentary election in Afghanistan we will have a discussion on Poland's goal as part of NATO," he added.

Komorowski recalled that a NATO summit on ISAF operation is planned for November. "It will be a good moment for a discussion as part of the whole NATO but also to formulate a Polish view on NATO's presence as a whole and also on Poland's presence in the Afghan mission," Komorowski said.

Two Polish soldiers were killed in Afghanistan in recent days which brings the total number of Polish troops killed in this mission to 18.

Last week, Komorowski said that it is time to end the Polish mission in Afghanistan but added that the pull out will not take place within weeks or months, suggesting the year 2013 as a likely date.

In response, the U.S. government expressed the hope that U.S. allies, including Poland, will continue to participate in the NATO operation in Afghanistan, despite difficulties and the death toll.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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