Defence minister: plan of army’s foreign mission ready

The plan of Czech Army’s foreign missions for 2009 is ready, the new deputy PM and minister of defence, Martin Barták, told Czech TV on Sunday. The government could start debating it within a month’s time, and the lower house of the Czech Parliament could then discuss the plan in late June or early July. Mr Barták said that while the key mission of the Czech military in Afghanistan is currently spread in three regions, in the future it should be more focused and centred on the development of the Afghan society. The new defence minister also said that the army’s foreign mission should not be affected by budget cuts planned by the government for next year.

Czech Army currently deploys around 1,000 military staff in four foreign missions; most of them serve as part of NATO’s ISAF mission in Afghanistan.

Author: Jan Richter