Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
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All allies without exception – and the'yre all there in Afghanistan – were of the opinion that we are there having entered (into) a longterm commitment. Development and reconstruction takes a lot of time – that does not mean that it takes a generation, one can say. That does not mean we'll be there militarily for a generation.
Regardless of the outcome of the status process, Kosovo has and will remain a place where Kosovar, Albanians, Serbs and others must be able to live in peace together, free from fear and intimidation. And we are determined to play our part.
More personnel and money will be put into training, more equipment will be donated to the Afghan national army and police. There will be more forces into NATO-ISAF, to create better conditions for reconstruction and development to take place.
All I know is that the Polish decision is a very bold one. We are talking about the battalions here, as we said yesterday in the media, in other allies there is also still ongoing discussion, so I think in this respect that we're doing well.
Of course, there were differences in opinion on Iraq but let's agree on one thing, and I heard that in the president's speech as well, every single nation in this world has an interest to see a stable, secure and democratic Iraq.