The government parties, the Liberals, COservatives, Danish People’s Party and Liberal Alliance have agreed on a two-year plan for Denmark’s involvement in Afghanistan.
These are the main points of the plan:
- Danish battle units are to be out of Afghanistan before the end of 2014.
- After 2014 Denmark’s military involvement in Afghanistan will be confined to advisers and instructors.
- The Danish infantry will come home in February 2014 at the latest while the tank unit will return in mid-2014.
- From January 1, 2014 Danish military presence will be reduced from the current 650 to 250 and will be reduced further.
- The agreement opens the possibility of sending a number of F-16s to Afghanistan. Such a deployment, however, will require parliamentary approval.
- The deployment of a transport helicopter to Afghanistan from the summer of 2014 is also under consideration. A decision will be taken in 2013.
- When Danish battle units are withdrawn, there will be greater focus on civilian efforts.
- Over the next two years, Denmark will contribute to the build-up of the Afghan police force. This effort will be gradually reduced.
- From 2013 to 2017 Denmark will provide over DKK 2 billion in aid to Afghanistan. The aid will be earmarked for development, good governance, economic growth and the development of the security forces.
Source: Defence Ministry.
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Edited by Julian Isherwood