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NATO not concerned over withdrawal of Dutch troops from Afghanistan

08-02-2010 10:39 BJT

KABUL, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- The spokesman of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Sunday that the alliance wasn't concerned about the withdrawal of Dutch forces from Afghanistan after conclusion of a four-year mission.

"This is just a kind of routine process and I don't see any concern on ISAF or Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) side," Brigadier-General Josef Blotz told a joint press briefing with NATO's Civilian Representative in Afghanistan Dominic Medley in Kabul.

The Dutch government decided in 2009 to begin pulling out troops from Afghanistan on August 1 this year.

He made the comments after Dutch military chief Gen. Peter van Uhm said on Thursday in Hague that his troops would leave Afghanistan as scheduled.

"The (Dutch) mission will continue by U.S., Australian and Afghan forces," NATO's civilian representative Medley told the press briefing.

NATO and ISAF remained committed to ensure Afghans are capable and ready to take security responsibility for their own country, he added.

Most of the 1,950-strong Dutch troops have been deployed in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan under NATO-led ISAF to help stabilize the war-torn country.

Canada has also decided to end its military mission in Afghanistan next year while U.S. forces will begin pullout in July 2011.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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