Helen Clark to attended Nato meeting

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posted on Feb, 27 2008 @ 12:01 AM
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Prime Minister Helen Clark is to attend a NATO meeting in Romania in April where discussions will be held about the future structure and aims of the military deployment in Afghanistan.

Defence Minister Phil Goff says while the military presence is maintaining control over the vast majority of the country the problem with the insurgency has not gone away.


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Asked to comment, Mr Goff said: "It is not our intention at the present time to increase our presence outside of Bamian. Our focus is very much on Bamian."
Patrolling across the province had been effective in maintaining security but infiltration from insurgents could not be ruled out.


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I predicted that if there is going to be an increase in NZDF personal in the Bamian province the announcement will come in April . This would give Helen something to bring to the table . There isnt much else she could bring to the table. Helen cant put political pressure on the likes of Germany to contribute troops in a combat role when she doesn't allow the NZDF to do so.

Is it any wonder that the insurgency is still active when countries will provide there forces with such limtied mandates ?




posted on Apr, 4 2008 @ 12:29 AM
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For the record I made the right call .



Prime Minister Helen Clark has renewed her support for a multi-pronged strategy on Afghanistan, as Cabinet approves the deployment of an extra 18 troops to the troubled country.

The deployment of the additional troops to the Bamyan province will lift the total number of New Zealand personnel deployed to 140.


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So far there haven't been any surprises or any new grand ideas to come out of the Nato summit and IMO that is to be expected.





 
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