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Defence Minister Galko says number of troops in Afghanistan may be reviewed

Slovakia may reconsider the number of its troops serving under the international ISAC mission in Afghanistan, Slovak Defence Minister Ľubomír Galko said at a press conference with his Hungarian counterpart, Csaba Hende, in Budapest on June 28, the TASR newswire reported. "We'll wait for an evaluation of our performance and decide based on that. We have a clause in the Manifesto stating that we'll focus on less quantity and more quality and we view this as a quality-oriented contribution," said Galko, as quoted by TASR. The US decision to withdraw some of its troops from Afghanistan will not have an impact on the decision-making process of the Slovak Government, he stated.

Slovakia may reconsider the number of its troops serving under the international ISAC mission in Afghanistan, Slovak Defence Minister Ľubomír Galko said at a press conference with his Hungarian counterpart, Csaba Hende, in Budapest on June 28, the TASR newswire reported.

"We'll wait for an evaluation of our performance and decide based on that. We have a clause in the Manifesto stating that we'll focus on less quantity and more quality and we view this as a quality-oriented contribution," said Galko, as quoted by TASR. The US decision to withdraw some of its troops from Afghanistan will not have an impact on the decision-making process of the Slovak Government, he stated.

"This is only the withdrawal of an excessive number of soldiers," said Galko.

On June 23, American President Barack Obama confirmed a decision to withdraw 10,000 American troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year with another 23,000 to follow by the summer of 2012.

Source: TASR

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