Jukneviciene announces 2012 Afghanistan target

  • 2011-02-09
  • TBT Staff

The decision to enhance training of local Afghan forces was made at the first meeting between the Chaghcharan PRT and the OOCP. (photo: Lithuanian defense ministry)

VILNIUS - Lithuanian Defense Minister Rasa Juknevicienehas said that Lithuania will be able to hand over control of the Ghor province to local soldiers by the end of next year.

"We're moving towards a situation where we'll be able to hand over responsibility for security in Ghor province to the Afghans at the end of 2012," Jukneviciene told Lithuanian public radio. "We'll be able to withdraw at least part of our troops after completing the task we were supposed to do."

Lithuanian soldiers have begun an intensive training regime aimed at giving local Afghans the necessary leadership skills to take control of the province.

"Prerequisites for the allied forces deployed in Afghanistan to finish the mission will be provided as soon as the country's National Security Forces are able to ensure security of the country and its people independently. In the present period major attention is paid to the projects of training and preparation of Afghan National Security Forces," a defense ministry press release said.

The team will instruct locals in the fields of command, standard planning procedures, military topography, procedures of liaison and tactical operations centre, first medical aid, handling IEDs, and practical skills of firing.

The decision to launch a more intensive training programme was made at the first meeting of the military component of Chaghcharan PRT and officers of the Operations Coordination Center-Province, which is responsible for coordinating ANSF forces.