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|Updated: 14-Oct-2003||April 2003|
same banner, same mission
NATO decided on 16 April 2003 to enhance its support to ISAF, the international peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan, by taking on the command, coordination and planning of the operation.
The Alliance already plays a significant role in support of ISAF, with NATO member countries providing 95% of the troops involved.
At the request of Germany, the Netherlands and Canada - leading ISAF countries - the North Atlantic Council decided to provide additional NATO support, which will consist of:
Neither ISAF’s name nor mission will change. The operation will continue to operate under the United Nations mandate and the ISAF banner, and the Alliance will continue to welcome non-NATO contributors.
“The enhanced NATO role will overcome the growing problem of a continual search every six months to find new nations to lead the mission,” said NATO Spokesman Yves Brodeur, “This not only puts a considerable strain on the lead nations, but means every six months a new headquarters has to get to grips with a complex situation.”
NATO’s military authorities have now been ordered to plan the operation, to begin as soon as possible.