Prime minister says anti-Islam PVV should support Afghan mission - 16 January 2011

Prime minister Mark Rutte has called on the anti-Islam PVV to support the cabinet's plans to send a 545-strong police training mission to Afghanistan. The PVV, which supports the government on economic policy, is opposed to the new mission and it is extremely unclear whether a majority of MPs will support it.

If anyone should support the mission, it should be the PVV because the party wants to counteract Muslim extremism, Rutte told tv current affairs show Buitenhof.

The prime minister said it is 'very noteworthy' that the PVV is against the project, would be under both EU and Nato auspices. (...)