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12 Sending Dutch Troops Abroad, Some Domestic Legal Aspects

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This chapter focuses on the specific parliamentary procedure developed in the 1990s with respect to foreign military missions, as well as the frequently used step of trying to obtain an injunction against a government decision to participate in foreign missions. At the end of 2005, considerable discussion took place in parliament as the question of whether Article 100 also applied to a possible decision to send troops abroad. Concern about sending troops abroad is not only an issue for parliament in the Netherlands. In the recent past the government has been taken to court over foreign missions on various occasions. Foreign missions in the Kosovo conflict, in Afghanistan and in Iraq have led to a number of injunction actions brought against the State. There are different ways to express discontent with a decision of the Netherlands government to send Dutch troops abroad to participate in peacekeeping or peace-enforcement operations.

Keywords: Afghanistan; Dutch troops; foreign military missions; Iraq; Kosovo conflict; Netherlands

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