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Norwegian Defence Minister outlines Afghanistan changes. Norway’s Minister of Defence Grete Faremo and Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre are in Brussels today at a top-level Ministerial meeting. The delegates are discussing changes in the Alliance’s Strategic Concept, missile defence, and reform- NATO says today’s meeting is to prepare for their upcoming summit in Lisbon between Heads of State and Government from 19 to 20 November. “It is critical that we get it right. NATO’s core mission, to protect the 900 million citizens of NATO countries from attack, must never change – but it must be modern defence, against modern threats,” Danish NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says.

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Norwegian Defence Minister outlines Afghanistan changes

Published on Thursday, 14th October, 2010 at 18:29 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Norway’s Minister of Defence Grete Faremo and Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre are in Brussels today at a top-level Ministerial meeting.

L-R: Rasmussen, Faremo, Bech (Danish Defence Minister)
L-R: Rasmussen, Faremo, Bech (Danish Defence Minister)
Photo: NATO


Modernising for missiles

The delegates are discussing changes in the Alliance’s Strategic Concept, missile defence, and reform- NATO says today’s meeting is to prepare for their upcoming summit in Lisbon between Heads of State and Government from 19 to 20 November.

“It is critical that we get it right. NATO’s core mission, to protect the 900 million citizens of NATO countries from attack, must never change – but it must be modern defence, against modern threats,” Danish NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says.

Rasmussen says he believes the threat of missiles is real.

“Missiles pose an increasing threat to our populations, territory and deployed forces. Over 30 countries have or are acquiring missiles that could be used to carry not just conventional warheads, but also weapons of mass destruction. Some of those missiles can already reach European cities, and the problem will only get worse.

“The proliferation of these capabilities does not necessarily mean there is an immediate intent to attack us. It does mean, however, that we have a responsibility to be able to protect our populations. We cannot afford to have even one of our cities hit. Nor can we afford to be held hostage by the threat of an attack,” he wrote in his Op-Ed in the International Herald Tribune.

Adjustments                                                                            

Minister of Defence Faremo announces 2011 will also be a year of change for the Norwegian troops stationed in Afghanistan.

“We want to adjust our forces’ contribution so that we can provide support to all units in the Afghan brigade in the area,” she says in a press release.

There are no plans to move soldiers from the Norwegian PRT’s (Provincial Reconstruction Team) main base in Maymana, and troops will continue to be concentrated in the Faryab Province, according to Minister Faremo.

Norway has previously announced it would be making changes to its troop deployment in Afghanistan. The Minister claims 2011’s comply fully with ISAF’s (International Security Assistance Force) strategy.

Norwegian troops will be focusing more on training Afghan security forces than before.

“The Norwegian contribution in Afghanistan is gradually turning more in to one of partnership and mentorship support to Afghan forces. Mentoring the brigade that has now been assigned to the province will help it develop into an independently functioning force that can gradually take over the security responsibility,” she says.

Defence Minister Faremo would not comment on when Norway will withdraw from the country, however.




Published on Thursday, 14th October, 2010 at 18:29 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: nato, isaf, afghanistan, norway, grete, faremo, defence, minister, foreign, jonas, gahr, stoere, troops, tactics, training.





  
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