Defense Minister Describes Situation in Afghanistan as Unstable
(By Aleksander Polotsky, RIA Novosti) – German Defense Minister
Peter Struck described the situation in Afghanistan as unstable
and mentioned the possibility of new terrorist acts on the eve
of forthcoming parliamentary elections in the country scheduled
for June this year.
to DPA, a German new agency, on Saturday Struck arrived in Kunduz,
the administrative center of the Afghan province of Kunduz on
the border with Tajikistan where the German Bundeswehr contingent
German defense minister discussed the problem of narcotics production
in the region with local field commander General Mohammad Daud,
to the agency, Struck demanded from General Daud "to contribute
to the struggle against narcotics trafficking in the region."
On the eve of the visit of the minister, General Daud, in his
turn, urged German servicemen to take part in the struggle against
narcotics trafficking. In return Peter Struck stated that these
were not the tasks assigned to Bundeswehr in Afghanistan which
provided assistance to civil specialists who restored infrastructure
servicemen were brought to Kunduz in October 2003. Presently 215
soldiers and 25 civil specialists on matters of restoration of
the country’s economy are stationed there.