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Foreign Minister Paet: Experience of Estonian Police Officers Valued in Afghanistan

13.01.2011

No. 12-E

Yesterday Foreign Minister Urmas Paet visited the police station in Kabul where three Estonian police officers are working as part of the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan. “The experiences of Estonia’s police experts are certainly helpful in developing Afghanistan’s police force,” said Foreign Minister Paet. “The three Estonian police instructors in Kabul and the one instructor in Kunduz serving within the framework of the European Union Police Mission have successfully adapted the sharing of their experiences to correspond with Afghanistan’s situation,” he added.

Foreign Minister Paet also noted that Estonia’s civil contribution in not limited to the European Union Police Mission, because in October 2010 Estonia sent four civilian police officers to help with the NATO training mission. “The job of the Estonian police officers serving at the training base in Kandahar in southern Afghanistan is to carry out beginner police training,” said the foreign minister. “Within the framework of a six-week basic programme there is training in forensics, crime scene examination, patrolling, self-defence, and first aid,” he added.

Within the framework of the European Union Police Mission, Estonia is also supporting the joint project to establish an Afghan police training centre in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan.

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