News BlogAsia

Finnish MPs doubt engagement in Afghanistan

Petri Tapio Immonen, a Finnish soldier, died after a bomb explosion in Meymaneh (credit: Norwegian army / Fredrik Bøhn)

(BRUSSELS2) This is a simple survey carried out by the Finnish Institute of International Politics, but among a particular population, members of Parliament. And he should start to worry. Almost half of the MPs surveyed (a quarter of Parliament was surveyed) would be inclined to vote for the withdrawal of Finnish troops from Afghanistan if the Afghan authorities fail to assume responsibility for the country's security by 2011. And an overwhelming majority believe that the mission of ISAF/IFAS has changed. Which is a notable sign compared to the official position which always speaks of a mission of “blue helmets”. Suffice to say that the question of the withdrawal of Finnish troops will soon arise…

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).