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Czech Republic to send more civilian experts to Afghanistan

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PRAGUE, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) — The Czech Republic will send some ten civilian experts on agriculture, construction and geology to join the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) for the development of the Afghan province of Logar, the Czech Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

The Foreign Ministry said Czechs were to follow up U.S. development projects in Logar, the Czech news agency CTK reported.

After Lithuania and Hungary, the Czech Republic has become the third NATO newcomer with its own PRT.

Czech soldiers have acquired a number of light personnel armored carriers for the mission in Logar.

Americans have lent 26 Humvees to the Czech military, some of which are to be used in the area.

At present, experts from both countries are adapting them at the Afghan base in Bagram.

“Given the number of experts and scope of its own elaborate development strategy, it will be the PRT with the biggest civilian part in Afghanistan in general,” the report said.

The Czech Republic plans to widen its military presence in Afghanistan this year. A total of 415 troops could be deployed in Afghanistan this year.

At the beginning of March, a separate Czech Provincial Reconstruction team will operate in the central Logar province, comprising 180 soldiers and civil specialists.

Along with Logar, Czechs are still to run a field hospital in capital Kabul.

In southern Afghanistan, a special military police unit is to be engaged in combat in the province of Hilmand.

The Prostejov-based special forces unit, one of the elite groups of the Czech military, is also ready for a new mission in Afghanistan.

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Written by afghandevnews

January 20, 2008 at 5:59 pm

Posted in Aid

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