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Support dwindles for Norway’s Afghan presence. Half of Norway wants its troops out of Afghanistan according to the latest opinion poll conducted on behalf of VG. Whilst support was high just after four soldiers were killed less than two months ago, 49 percent of the country answered in favour of a withdrawal. 50 percent of Labour (Ap) voters would also like to see a pull-out. “I believe feelings were justifiably high in June. I suspect we’re now experiencing something akin to the trend we’ve seen in neighbouring countries,” Labour’s Minister of Defence, Grethe Faremo, tells the paper.

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Support dwindles for Norway’s Afghan presence

Published on Monday, 9th August, 2010 at 11:30 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Half of Norway wants its troops out of Afghanistan according to the latest opinion poll conducted on behalf of VG.

Norwegian soldiers in Afghanistan
Norwegian soldiers in Afghanistan
Photo: Forsvaret/Lars Magne Hovtun


Whilst support was high just after four soldiers were killed less than two months ago, 49 percent of the country answered in favour of a withdrawal. 50 percent of Labour (Ap) voters would also like to see a pull-out.

“I believe feelings were justifiably high in June. I suspect we’re now experiencing something akin to the trend we’ve seen in neighbouring countries,” Labour’s Minister of Defence, Grethe Faremo, tells the paper.

She claims better information is needed about Norway’s involvement in Afghanistan. But Faremo won’t commit herself to a withdrawal date, pointing out creating stability is an important part of both Norway’s and NATO’s mandate.

“In my eyes, the worst thing would be a hasty departure,” she says.

Norway has lost nine soldiers in the nine year’s since it went in to Afghanistan.




Published on Monday, 9th August, 2010 at 11:30 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: grethe, faremo, defence, minister, afghanistan, norwegian, soldiers, nato, support, opinion, poll, pull-out, withdrawal.





  
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