New defence minister: number of Czech troops in Afghanistan to remain at current level

15-07-2010

The number of Czech troops in Afghanistan should remain unchanged at its current total of 525 over the next couple of years, the new Czech defence minister, Alexandr Vondra, told reporters on Thursday. Mr Vondra said he was not planning to reduce the number of Czech troops on foreign missions, according to a plan he would present to the lower house of Parliament in the autumn. However, the new minister also said he was not going to ask MPs to approve the sending of 55 more soldiers to Afghanistan, a plan mooted by the previous government of Jan Fischer.