German defence minister: Army should stay in Afghanistan

German Defence Minister Jung said that he was optimistic that parliament in October would extend the Army's mandate to operate in Afghanistan despite growing doubts among the German public.

German defence minister:  Army should stay in Afghanistan

German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung said Thursday that he was optimistic that parliament in October would extend the Army's mandate to operate in Afghanistan despite growing doubts among the German public about the Afghan deployment.

An attack like the one nearly three weeks ago in Kunduz that killed three German soldiers must not lead to deliberations over a withdrawal, Jung said.

'I can only hope and wish that the masterminds and the people behind this underhanded attack will be taken into custody at once,' said Jung, whose visit to Kunduz was not announced out of security concerns.

Three German troops died and five were wounded in the May 19 suicide bombing while patrolling a Kunduz market.

Since the Kunduz attack, a majority of Germans has been favour of ending the German mandate in Afghanistan, while Jung has repeatedly advocated a continuation of the operation.

Last Mod: 07 Haziran 2007, 19:37
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