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Published: 21 november 2012 13:45

Withdrawing Lithuanian troops to leave behind 4.6-million-euro property in Afghanistan

Tarnybą Goro provincijoje pradėjo šešioliktoji Lietuvos karių pamaina
Indrės Sejonienės nuotr. / .

When withdrawing troops from Afghanistan's Ghor province and handing over its current base in the provincial capital Chagcharan to the local administration in the end of 2013, Lithuania should leave behind property worth more than 16 million litas (EUR 4.6m).

The scheme is envisaged in a draft resolution prepared by the government.

Under the resolution, Lithuania's Armed Forces will have to prepare a contract envisaging procedures and terms and conditions of the handover. The troops will be authorized to control the handover.

An appendix to the resolution specifies the property to be handed over to Afghanistan's government. The list includes various items, namely, beds, refrigerators, washing machines and dryers, residential, warehouse, and sanitary containers, generators, various buildings of the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), and other infrastructure.

A large amount of medical equipment and instruments should also be left behind in Ghor.

Defense Minister Rasa Juknevičienė said the cost of transportation, value of items and the potential for using it in Lithuania were taken into consideration when deciding on the properties to be left in Afghanistan and be taken home to Lithuania.

"The main principle for dividing the property into the items that will be taken home and the property that will be left behind is that we leave behind the items that are not worth bringing back. Transportation costs may be higher than item costs. Some of the property are non-durable and couldn't be used in Lithuania again," the minister told BNS.

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