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Prague (AP) — The Czech government approved a support program for Afghans in cooperation with the Czech army during its deployment on the NATO mission on Friday.
Defense Minister Lubomir Metner said support for Afghan interpreters and their families included their relocation, asylum offers and financial assistance.
Mr. Medtner said the goal of the program was to ensure safe and decent living conditions for NATO troops after they withdrew from Afghanistan.
The government move came a few days after Czech veterans, current military personnel, and human rights groups urged the government to help resettle Afghanistan due to the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan.
The NATO army will end the deployment initiated against al-Qaeda and Taliban forces following the attack on September 11.
President Milos Zeman urged the government on Thursday to approve the program without delay as the Afghans working with the Czech army could be killed by the Taliban.
The Defense Department refused to provide details about programs that are classified to protect recipients. Their number was not given.
The last Czech soldiers withdrew from Afghanistan in June.
Since 2002, a total of 11,500 Czech soldiers have been deployed in Afghanistan. 14 Czechs were killed.
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