A Danish policeman is to be charged with turning an inefficient and corrupt Afghan police force around on behalf of the European Union.
According to politiken.dk’s information, Kai Vittrup, a former Assistant Commissioner in Copenhagen, was recently invited to an interview in Brussels to discuss the job as head of the EU police force in Afghanistan. Vittrup is expected to be appointed at a meeting of the EU Security Policy Committee on Friday, Oct. 3, following a recommendation by the EU’s Foreign Policy Coordinator Javier Solana.
“We will have to wait for Solana’s recommendation and the meeting Friday, but it looks good,” says Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Møller (Conservative). He calls Vittrup “the best man for the job”.
“Kai Vittrup is an able ‘trouble shooter’ and had developed a diplomatic ability which is a necessity when two different cultures such as the Afghan and European cultures meet. The EU could not find a better man to solve that assignment. If it can be solved,” Møller says.
More Danish cops to Afghanistan
There are 200 EU police officers posted in Afghanistan, and a further 100 will be posted there soon. Denmark will increase its contingent from eight to 12 officers.