Slovak Communist Party to petition for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

The Slovak Communist Party (KSS) has organised a petition to withdraw the Slovak guard unit from the military operation in Afghanistan, KSS Chairman Jozef Hrdlička said at a press conference on February 8. The petition drive began on the same day and will last until about the autumn, said Hrdlička, the TASR newswire wrote. Hrdlička said the petition is the party's response to “the government’s decision to increase Slovakia’s military presence in Afghanistan by some 50 soldiers. Up until this point, Slovak troops carried out their tasks in relatively secure areas. After this enlargement, however, the servicemen will be exposed to real military action,” Hrdlička told TASR.

The Slovak Communist Party (KSS) has organised a petition to withdraw the Slovak guard unit from the military operation in Afghanistan, KSS Chairman Jozef Hrdlička said at a press conference on February 8. The petition drive began on the same day and will last until about the autumn, said Hrdlička, the TASR newswire wrote.

Hrdlička said the petition is the party's response to “the government’s decision to increase Slovakia’s military presence in Afghanistan by some 50 soldiers. Up until this point, Slovak troops carried out their tasks in relatively secure areas. After this enlargement, however, the servicemen will be exposed to real military action,” Hrdlička told TASR.

KSS opposes this decision also on the grounds that “it will cost €3.4 million that, in times of global crisis, might be better spent elsewhere,” added Hrdlička. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

News digest: Who will take the swabs?

The government offers hundreds of euros to health care staff for testing. Curfew ends on Saturday for some. Take a look at testing sites and more.

PM Igor Matovič helped with testing in Tvrdošín.

People with negative tests can go to hairdresser or outdoor terraces

Those with a negative test result will have to follow rules introduced on October 15.

Companies fear drop in demand for their products and services the most

International chambers of commerce asked companies about their current situation as well as expectations.

Companies implemented anti-coronavirus measures.

The big testing: When and where to show up, and what if I don't want to? (FAQ)

Here is what we know about the practicalities of the nationwide testing so far. Testing also applies to foreigners and diplomats in Slovakia.

Pilot testing in Bardejov