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
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9. Feb 2010 at 10:00