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Greens opt for gradual withdrawal from Afghanistan

DDP/The Local · 25 Oct 2009, 13:57

Published: 25 Oct 2009 13:57 GMT+01:00

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A large majority of the traditionally pacifist Green party voted for the gradual withdrawal from Afghanistan, overriding calls for a fixed date for ending military operations. Some Green delegates had called on the party to demand a complete withdrawal by the end of 2011, or even mid-2010.

Green party leader Claudia Roth warned party members that "a sensible withdrawal takes time", while an immediate end of operations would be "irresponsible", and would open Afghanistan to the threat of civil war.

Instead, the Greens have decided to call on the new German government to develop a fixed and binding plan to re-build Afghanistan, with the emphasis on strengthening the Afghan police force. The main priority should be the protection of the Afghan population.

Should such a plan not be forthcoming, the Green party will recommend that its representatives in the German parliament vote against any extension of the ISAF mandate in Afghanistan.

This resolution, though passed at the conference, remains deeply controversial within the Green party, many of whose members want the party to position itself clearly against any extension of the military mission in Afghanistan.

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The Greens did vote to oppose the extension of the anti-terrorist mission Operation Enduring Freedom. Both international military missions, which Germany currently supports, are set to face a new vote in the German parliament in December.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

17:16 October 25, 2009 by nooraza
NATO must stay in Afghanistan - the nuclear weapon in Pakistan is a real threat to the world! If NATO leaves, Al-Qaeda and its loyal footsoldiers of the Talebans and Pakistani Islamists will defintely gets their hands on it! False peace, that is without justice, is not acceptable. And besides, Al-Qaeda's Islamist ideology has spread all over the world - it's dream of a Dark Age and savage Islamic Empire, from East to West, is not some conspiracy theory, but for real. Through extrem violence i.e. terrorrism and cultural imperialism!
17:07 October 29, 2009 by Major B
Nooraza is mostly correct. The threat is much more real than most populations realize. And this must not be a mostly American operation.
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