Berlin plans to double number of police instructors in Afghanistan
Berlin, Feb 23, IRNA
The German government is planning to double its number of police instructors and advisors from 60 to 120, news reports said Saturday.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble wrote in a commentary for Sunday’s edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper that as part of Berlin’s readiness to double the presence of police trainers, the European Union should also be prepared to boost its police mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL) from 200 to 400.
So far, the EU has failed to equip EUPOL properly, both ministers said.
After a “difficult starting phase” the police mission is slowly taking shape, Schaeuble and Steinmeier added.
Around 200 European police officers are scheduled to be deployed across Afghanistan by April.