Senate committee clears foreign missions proposal


The Senate’s foreign and defence affairs committee on Tuesday backed the government’s proposal for military missions over the next two years. The proposal counts on boosting the current Czech contingent in Afghanistan from the current 500 to around 720 next year and around 640 in 2012. Meanwhile, the Czech peace keeping force in Kosovo will be withdrawn. The main force has already returned leaving behind 92 soldiers to maintain a base should it be needed in emergencies. The Senate should vote on the plan for foreign missions on Wednesday. The vote is being pushed before senators elected during weekend elections take their seats and the Social Democrats gain a majority in the upper house. The Social Democrats have opposed the troop boost for Afghanistan.