Thursday, September 25, 2008

Minister of Defense Apologizes

Eimert van Middelkoop, the Minister of Defense, has expressed regrets about his statements in the Vrij Nederland weekly that he was happy that he didn’t serve in the army because he had received deferrals until he was over age. Van Middelkoop said that, when he went for the initial examinations, he felt that the army was not for him because he had problems with authority. Wim van den Burg, chairman of the military trade union AFMP says that “it is important that the minister understands that his statements have made the impression that he has no affinity for the army.” He added that his union thinks that Van Middelkoop is not a strong minister and that it will continue to watch him closely.

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