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

05.04.2013

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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet met in Kabul with the Estonian police officers who are working in the European Union Police Mission (EUPOL) and NATO Training Mission (NTM-A) in Afghanistan. “The closer we get to the year 2014, the more important the role of civil support becomes in building up Afghanistan. Therefore Estonia will continue to participate in the EU Police Mission and the NATO Training Mission with a total of eight experts,” said Paet.

Foreign Minister Paet said that the participation of Estonian experts, who have a high level of experience, in the missions is a valuable contribution to the development of Afghanistan’s internal security.

Estonia is represented in the EUPOL Afghanistan mission with four experts, of whom two are advising the local police and two are helping to develop the capabilities of the Afghan National Police. Four Estonian experts with police background are participating in the NATO Training Mission, where their assignment is to advice the Afghan Ministry of the Interior on the strategic level in various areas.

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