Defence minister says number of personnel in Kosovo could be lowered but bolstered in Afghanistan

03-09-2010

Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra has suggested that the number of Czech soldiers serving in Kosovo could be reduced under plans he will present to the government, while the number serving on the ISAF mission in Afghanistan would be bolstered. He made the statement on Friday after meeting with Czech President Václav Klaus, making clear soldiers were no longer as needed in Kosovo. The Czech Republic has around 500 personnel there and the number could be reduced by around 50. The defence minister made clear that Afghanistan would remain an important priority for the next three years. NATO has asked for an increase in military and police units there to train local security. The Czech Republic has around 530 personnel in the Islamic republic.